Brinsworth Community Centre opened with weekend of remembrance celebrations

The opening of Brinsworth Community Centre was marked by a weekend of remembrance celebrations last week.

It is hoped that the new centre, which features two meeting rooms, alongside a main hall which can sit 150 people, will act as a social hub for Brinsworth and will be used to host community events.

Vice Chairman of the Parish Council, Dave Barry, said the centre was three times the size of the old hall, which he described as a “50-year-old community hut”.

The centre was funded through a grant from the Big Lottery Fund, as well as council resources.

The weekend started with live music on Friday, followed by a military themed fireworks celebration to honour the fallen on Saturday.

Remembrance Sunday was marked by a sermon at the new centre. The names of the fallen from Brinsworth in both world wars were then read out at St Georges Churchyard, after which a two-minute silence was observed.

Celebrations ended with a Christmas Truce Football Match, to symbolise the ceasefire along the Western Front on Christmas 1914.

Mr Barry said: “It was lovely to see the community come together and just share a moment”.

The councillor added that the celebrations marked a ‘weekend to remember’, for the community to remember the opening of the centre, as well as those who died for our freedom.

Anthony Elsey, who served in the parachute regiment during the conflict in Ireland, said: “Events like this are very important for a community, it surprised me how many people attended and the centre now is fantastic”.

Margaret Ayres, member of the Brinsworth and Catcliffe Local History Group, when speaking about the event said: ‘It means a lot to me because I think that we owe people who were killed in the First and Second World War a great deal because I don’t think this country would be like it is today without them”.