New community centre opens it doors

MPMC Willow Lake Community Centre opening
MPMC Willow Lake Community Centre opening

A special ceremony was held to mark the opening of a community centre at the Willow Lake development in Newton Leys on Saturday.

The attractions included a WI cake stall, a Zumba demonstration and children’s activities including face painting and giant Jenga.

The event was attended by Councillors Angela Kennedy, who performed the community centre ribbon cutting, Michael Rand and Keith Allen, as well as Taylor Wimpey sales manager Louise Ballmann and sales executive Dee Webb.

The building is available for community groups to use, and for private bookings for occasions such as children’s birthday parties.

Colin Radford, Associate Technical Director for Taylor Wimpey, said: “The opening of the community centre is great news for residents at Willow Lake who now have a bespoke venue suitable for a wide range of uses – and which is the perfect place to get to know their new neighbours.”

Michelle Williams, community centre co-ordinator for Bletchley & Fenny Stratford Town Council, which is responsible for managing the facility, added: “Ahead of the launch several groups expressed an interest in using the centre, including a toddler group, a weight-loss class, a church group, a fitness group and a branch of the Women’s Institute. It’s clear there’s huge demand for this venue and it is going to be a real hub for the residents.”

The centre has a capacity for 100 people and includes a main hall, a meeting room, a kitchen and toilets. It is a temporary structure, with a permanent facility set to open at Willow Lake in the future.

A new primary school at Willow Lake is due to open in September 2016, with Taylor Wimpey on course to gift the land for the school to Milton Keynes Council later this year.

For more details about the site call 01908 787937.