A NEW community centre in Didcot is being officially opened this weekend.

The Great Western Park’s District Community Centre, in Gentian Mews, will be opened from 10am on Saturday, June 25.

Community groups and regular hirers will be there demonstrating the variety of clubs, groups and activities that will be regularly using the centre.  

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The building was constructed by developers during the coronavirus pandemic and the district councils were handed the keys in autumn 2020.

However it has to remain closed due to coronavirus restrictions but the two councils used the time to put in extra facilities and equipment such as tables, chairs, soft play sets, parachute play sets, table tennis and art.

The venue is 894 square metres in size and includes a large main hall that could host events for up to 270 people. It has a catering kitchen for events and four other multi-purpose rooms.  

Councillor Emily Smith, leader of Vale of White Horse District Council, said: “We’re excited to celebrate and welcome all our residents to our largest and newest community building.

“Since opening, the centre is now thriving with a variety of groups regularly hiring the community building for their own activities and it’s becoming a popular venue for private parties.”

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Councillor David Rouane, leader of South Oxfordshire District Council, said: “The district, southern and northern centres are all excellent facilities for residents living in and around the town.”


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This story was written by Gee Harland, she joined the team in 2022 as a senior multimedia reporter.

Gee covers Wallingford and Didcot.

Get in touch with her by emailing: Gee.harland@newsquest.co.uk

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