COMMUNITY spirits were high at the launch of a new youth hub which was unveiled after months of essential maintenance.
The Haslemere Youth Hub, previously known as the Wey Centre, was opened to the public on September 7.
The centre was officially opened by John Taylor, the last youth leader of the Wey Centre, who gave a speech on the history of the hub, recalling how it “had fallen into disrepair when not used to its full potential”.
But he described how pleased he was to see the premises “looking more cared for and back to being a well-used facility”.
Carole King, chairman of the charity’s trustees, also thanked the volunteers and companies who had given their time, plus individuals who had already given financial support to the charity.
Co-manager of the hub, Nadeana Simpson, called the event a “roaring success” which was “so well attended” after working for almost a year with business partner Karen Musco.
The duo had sought to help residents realise the “full potential of the building” last year after hosting their own dance class in the building for ten years.
Refurbishment works had seen the studios repainted and a new café installed – some of which took place on the hub’s ‘All Hands on Deck’ day, which sought the help of volunteers.
Nadeana added that the hub’s new café was so popular they “burnt out the coffee machine” on the day, but volunteers were on hand for a quick fix.
The event saw lots of entertainment for families, from bouncy castles, a barbecue and a bottle tombola to a visit from the team at the Haslemere Fire Station.
Visitors also had the opportunity to see the new activity sessions that the facility had to offer, with all 35 of its businesses and clubs giving taster sessions to all, including ‘Sweaty Mama’, ‘Relax Kids’, ‘Blue Yoga’ and karate.
Residents of Haslemere praised the event online after what many called an “absolutely superb day”.
Laura North said: “So lovely to see the constant buzz of people enjoying your hard work.
“Surreal and fond memories for me from a place I spent a lot of time as a teenager.”
Angela Kennedy also praised the duo. She said: “Thank you both for an absolutely superb day.
“It was fantastic to see The Haslemere Youth Hub buzzing with happiness, fun and lots of families.”
Overall the launch day raised just over £1,700, with the funds going “towards the enormous running costs of the building”.