Community centre is saved from brink of financial ruin

Harry Chant, left, and Owen Short are doing a sponsored run this afternoon around Cutteslowe Park

Harry Chant, left, and Owen Short are doing a sponsored run this afternoon around Cutteslowe Park

First published in News Oxford Mail: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter covering North Oxford, Jericho and Summertown. Call me on 01865 425498

CUTTESLOWE Community Centre has been pulled back from the brink of financial ruin after trustees launched a public appeal to save it.

In June it was warned the building was losing £2,000 every month and would be forced to close by November.

But just over a month after fundraising efforts were launched, at least £16,000 has been put forward.

It has come from £10,000 in donations and £6,000 in further cash pledges.

Centre trustee Ann Johnson said: “The appeal has been very successful.

“But our efforts to keep the centre afloat will still be ongoing. It is pledges for continual support which are the most helpful and give us real stability.”

The community centre has been struggling since last year because it was not being used enough and not getting any grants to make ends meet.

Trustees were forced to axe one full-time role and start charging for some activities.

The centre – which hosts events like dance classes, social clubs and a community cafe – needs a makeover to attract more for activities, trustees said.

Among those helping out are 11-year-old schoolfriends Owen Short and Harry Chant, of Cutteslowe, who are set to hold a fundraising run today.

They will set off from 4pm around Cutteslowe Park with at least six friends, including Harry’s 10-year-old brother, Bradley.

Owen, one of six siblings, said he and Harry, who met at Cutteslowe Primary School, had seen a poster advertising the community centre’s appeal He said: “We were discussing how we could get money for it and decided that we would do a sponsored run.’’ Owen’s mum, Neat Short, 41, said: “What the boys have done is quite inspirational. The community centre is important to people here.”

Community centre manager Allie Noel said: “We are trying to encourage and support them. It’s nice that the kids saw there was a problem and came up with an idea to help.”

Oxford City Council representative for Summertown Jean Fooks backed calls for more donations and said Cutteslowe “needs these facilities”.

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7:30am Thu 7 Aug 14

Dilligaf2010 says...

"Oxford City Council representative for Summertown Jean Fooks backed calls for more donations and said Cutteslowe “needs these facilities”. "......
......they obviously don't need them that much, otherwise they'd be being used more
"Oxford City Council representative for Summertown Jean Fooks backed calls for more donations and said Cutteslowe “needs these facilities”. "...... ......they obviously don't need them that much, otherwise they'd be being used more Dilligaf2010
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4:14pm Thu 7 Aug 14

carli says...

What a surprise...I bet if it hadn't been in post Summertown area they wouldn't have got the money.
What a surprise...I bet if it hadn't been in post Summertown area they wouldn't have got the money. carli
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6:36pm Thu 7 Aug 14

peter848 says...

Well done to the boys for doing something positive about it and not just sitting down and moaning about it
Well done to the boys for doing something positive about it and not just sitting down and moaning about it peter848
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6:41pm Thu 7 Aug 14

peter848 says...

Dilligaf2010 wrote:
"Oxford City Council representative for Summertown Jean Fooks backed calls for more donations and said Cutteslowe “needs these facilities”. "......
......they obviously don't need them that much, otherwise they'd be being used more
We don't need a lot of things but we still get them
[quote][p][bold]Dilligaf2010[/bold] wrote: "Oxford City Council representative for Summertown Jean Fooks backed calls for more donations and said Cutteslowe “needs these facilities”. "...... ......they obviously don't need them that much, otherwise they'd be being used more[/p][/quote]We don't need a lot of things but we still get them peter848
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11:49pm Tue 12 Aug 14

Myron Blatz says...

We don't really need two Oxford City Councillors per Ward, but we still have to pay for them, and their attendance and other expenses - including i-phones, i-pads and more, apparently! If City Council wants to have community centres, then instead of trying to make them commercial ventures run by unpaid, part-time volunteers, City Council should use public money to run and manage them for the benefit of the communities in which they are supposed to benefit, and that City Council should take full responsibility and especially financial liability - and not place the burden upon unpaid trustees.
We don't really need two Oxford City Councillors per Ward, but we still have to pay for them, and their attendance and other expenses - including i-phones, i-pads and more, apparently! If City Council wants to have community centres, then instead of trying to make them commercial ventures run by unpaid, part-time volunteers, City Council should use public money to run and manage them for the benefit of the communities in which they are supposed to benefit, and that City Council should take full responsibility and especially financial liability - and not place the burden upon unpaid trustees. Myron Blatz
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