Celebrating 100 years of centre’s busy life and times

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Luddenden Foot Civic Centre, Station Road, Luddenden Foot, was first opened 100 years ago this month.

To celebrate this Luddenden Foot Community Association are inviting everyone to an exhibition of the life of the building and the village on Friday, December 19, and Saturday, December 20, from 11am to 3pm.

The building opened in 1914 as young men from the village and all over the country were heading to the trenches during WW1.

At that time the building housed a billiards hall and was a meeting place for soldier’s wives and families.

Over the years the building has provided public baths, a baby clinic and a polling station for elections.

Today the building is used by Luddenden Valley Playgroup, Allsorts Social and Recreational Club, Luddenden Foot United Reformed Church, a Boys Brigade company and three football teams. It also hosts pilates sessions and childrens parties.

Robin Murray, chair of the Trustees of Luddenden Foot Community Association said: “It is wonderful that we are able to celebrate the centenary.

“The building which was started as a community project to provide facilities for local people has come full circle and is now returned to the management of the local community.”

Community minister, Rev Justine Wyatt said: “It is lovely to see people of all ages rediscovering their community building and looking forward to the next chapter of the story.”

Entry to the exhibition is free and refreshments will be available on both days.

For further information about the work of Luddenden Foot Community Association, how to become a member, to book a hall or about current activities, please view the website

www.luddendenfoot.org or contact the secretary, Mrs Heather Hartwell on 01422 885542.