Trinity community centre reopens after refurbishment!

Children at RAF Halton have been enjoying fresh play areas at the Trinity Community Centre following an early spring-clean of the facility.

The Soft Play area of the community centre was spruced up by willing volunteers from both the committee and Personnel Services Flight, who re-painted the area and replaced old furniture during a weekend closure.

The mini-refurbishment comes ahead of a planned extension of the centre to include new offices, a chill-out room, conference room, kitchenette and ablutions. With over 300 members the facility is well used and the refurbishment, due to take place later this year, will be welcomed by all.

Officer Commanding Support Wing, Wing Commander Michelle Tinworth, who opened the new look community centre, said:  ”A very big thank you to the TCC staff and PSF volunteers who worked very hard to create what we see here today.  The success of this centre is created by everyone from the mums and dads who use it to the Station personnel who come for a coffee.  I hope the centre goes from strength to strength.”

Whilst the children played and enjoyed face-painting and balloon modeling, Flight Sergeant Jason Leonard, one of Halton’s Community Support Workers, said:  “We started by applying for funding from Air Command Community Support who gave us £14.000 for new furniture, and with TCC money and help from the Station we raised the sum of £23.000 to spend.   We then set about self help decorating to transform the room with the intention of making it a nice, bright and welcoming place for the RAF community.   It has been a roller coaster of hard work and slightly stressful at times but very well worth it in the end.”

Margaret Barnes, who uses the place regularly with daughter Sophie, said: “This is just such a lovely place to come and even more so with the refurbishment.  It is a fantastic place to come at any time of year but more so in the winter when the weather is bad.  The team have done a wonderful job making the place bright and welcoming.”