A RURAL community centre is going from strength-to-strength since its refurbishment less than a year ago.

Delamere Community Centre welcomes around 400 visitors a week, with a number of new groups signing up to use the Station Road venue since the revamp in the summer.

Paula Cockroft, from the centre, said: “It was busy before but now we get 400 people a week coming to the centre, which is probably a massive amount compared to some.”

Activities at the centre include badminton, billiards, snooker, bingo, bridge, crown green bowling, indoor bowling, dancing, keep fit, Slimming World, whist, the Golden Club, the Women’s Institute and the 100 Club.

It is used as an outreach post office twice a week and hosts cinema days, coffee mornings, a book swap club, quiz nights and an art group.

Paula said: “There has been excellent feedback regarding the recent refurbishment that included a new kitchen, new toilets including accessible toilet, new heating system, thermal insulation, new emergency exit door and a new front door that includes electronic key access.

“The refurbishment has encouraged new activity groups to join the community centre.”

She added: “There has been an increase in business bookings using the rooms available for hire and enquiries regarding children's parties and Christenings.

“Further improvements and enhancements to the community centre are ongoing.”

The centre is run by the Delamere Community Association Management Committee and has four holding trustees.

Paula said: “We’re really keen to get everything we do known and encourage more people to come.

“We’re successful in our own right but want to improve.”

For more information ring Paula on 01606 889741 or visit delamereandoakmere.co.uk.