Special guests mark 10th birthday of The Hub Community Centre

By Josh Peachey at

The Hub Community Centre in Altrincham celebrated its 10th birthday with a drinks reception attended by special guests.

The Hub is a partnership between Altrincham Baptist Church (ABC) and Trafford Council and is now a well-established centre providing community space for a range of activities for both adults and children.

Special guests at the event included the Mayor of Trafford Councillor Tom Ross, Sir Graham Brady MP and the Council Executive Member for Health & Wellbeing, Councillor Judith Lloyd.

Rev Sutton, a previous minister of ABC and Co-Chair of the Trafford Partnership, said: “Centres like this are saving the council hundreds of thousands of pounds through the services they are providing to the local community.”

In attendance (from left): Rev Roger Sutton, Cllr Judith Lloyd, The Mayor of Trafford Cllr Tom Ross, Sarah Hayes & Rev Ashley Hardingham

The Hub aims to be a place where “all members of the community are welcomed, can get involved and enjoy engaging with others”.

Guests heard how ABC approached the council about using the previously unused building, formerly the Pownall Road Day Care Centre, for community use.

The Hub has benefitted from significant investment of time and money from the church over the last 10 years.

Altrincham Baptist Church approached the council about turning the unused building into a community space

Sarah Hayes, the current Operations Leader, gave an insight into all the various groups who use the centre and the commitment of volunteers to resource all that goes on.

Christians Against Poverty Debt, who aim to help support local vulnerable people, are just one of the many groups that operate from The Hub.

The Lead Minister of Altrincham Baptist Church Ashley Hardingham rounded up the evening by outlining future hopes and plans, which include developing kitchen facilities and extending the community café.