The African Caribbean Community Centre in Trinity Road, Southampton, will close

Tony Broomes (left) and Raymond Williams at the African Caribbean Community Centre in Trinity Road, Southampton

Tony Broomes (left) and Raymond Williams at the African Caribbean Community Centre in Trinity Road, Southampton

First published in News Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Senior Reporter

A CENTRE at the heart of a Hampshire community has been forced to close in the face of escalating repair bills.

Over the last 40 years the African Caribbean Community Centre has welcomed hundreds of visitors for a raft of functions and events.

But the death knell has now sounded after a bid to get cash for vital repair work failed.

The former church in Trinity Road, Southampton, is leaking, is suffering from damp throughout the building and is in need of modernising.

In the past it has been used by several organisations but now just a youth steel band and an over-50s lunch club meet at the centre.

A year ago a campaign was launched to raise £300,000 to keep it open.

Tony Broomes, who has played an integral part in keeping the centre running, said: “We have got to bite the bullet on it.

“We are doing less business and less business. People are going to other places for their events. That spiral has just continued. All our clientele is going somewhere else for their functions.

“We are going to put it on the market. It would be nice for someone who can come up with something else for us to do with this but no-one has come up with anything that’s a life-saver.

“We can’t ask people to come in here with the building in this state. It’s mouldy, the roof is leaking, it’s just not fit for purpose.”

He said although the centre was closing the association was still active and would want to find an alternative venue to meet as it was particularly important for the community to have somewhere to gather following a funeral.

The building will now be put on the market in the hope funds could be raised to purchase a new building.

Tony added: “If we can raise enough funds from the sale of the building to buy something that would be good. But nothing’s wrapped up, we can’t say what we will be able to exchange. We have still got to cross that bridge.”

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8:51am Wed 6 Aug 14

hayz90 says...

giving up far to easy every1 that uses the youth center eg. should do sponsors raise as much money as they can for it and the over 60s eg this is not impossible figure to raise it can be done but will take a lil time maybe even rent it for party eg thats a charge that goes towards the money a little fate outside sell all your unwanted stuff do tombolas come on guys there is light at the end of the tunnel its been open so long from what i read do not give in and let crime take over the youngsters
giving up far to easy every1 that uses the youth center eg. should do sponsors raise as much money as they can for it and the over 60s eg this is not impossible figure to raise it can be done but will take a lil time maybe even rent it for party eg thats a charge that goes towards the money a little fate outside sell all your unwanted stuff do tombolas come on guys there is light at the end of the tunnel its been open so long from what i read do not give in and let crime take over the youngsters hayz90
  • Score: -5

8:56am Wed 6 Aug 14

hayz90 says...

hayz90 wrote:
giving up far to easy every1 that uses the youth center eg. should do sponsors raise as much money as they can for it and the over 60s eg this is not impossible figure to raise it can be done but will take a lil time maybe even rent it for party eg thats a charge that goes towards the money a little fate outside sell all your unwanted stuff do tombolas come on guys there is light at the end of the tunnel its been open so long from what i read do not give in and let crime take over the youngsters
oh and do not go to an alternitive venue as your have to pay for it meet up at a park or large field do free activitys the money your spend out on a another venue can go towards the funds good luck its not impossible
[quote][p][bold]hayz90[/bold] wrote: giving up far to easy every1 that uses the youth center eg. should do sponsors raise as much money as they can for it and the over 60s eg this is not impossible figure to raise it can be done but will take a lil time maybe even rent it for party eg thats a charge that goes towards the money a little fate outside sell all your unwanted stuff do tombolas come on guys there is light at the end of the tunnel its been open so long from what i read do not give in and let crime take over the youngsters[/p][/quote]oh and do not go to an alternitive venue as your have to pay for it meet up at a park or large field do free activitys the money your spend out on a another venue can go towards the funds good luck its not impossible hayz90
  • Score: -4

9:50am Wed 6 Aug 14

sotonboy84 says...

hayz90 wrote:
giving up far to easy every1 that uses the youth center eg. should do sponsors raise as much money as they can for it and the over 60s eg this is not impossible figure to raise it can be done but will take a lil time maybe even rent it for party eg thats a charge that goes towards the money a little fate outside sell all your unwanted stuff do tombolas come on guys there is light at the end of the tunnel its been open so long from what i read do not give in and let crime take over the youngsters
Did you not read the story? They're doing less business and people are going elsewhere so there's nobody to raise funds for it. They tried to raise £300k and failed.

Times change so if they can sell the building and buy something manageable to cater for the reduced number of people using the centre, it's a no brainer.

Be interesting to see what sort of interest the building will get though as most large old buildings such as deconsecrated churches and suchlike get turned into housing or bars, but can't see either being of any demand around this area. In all serious, I can see the only interest being a mosque or a temple.
[quote][p][bold]hayz90[/bold] wrote: giving up far to easy every1 that uses the youth center eg. should do sponsors raise as much money as they can for it and the over 60s eg this is not impossible figure to raise it can be done but will take a lil time maybe even rent it for party eg thats a charge that goes towards the money a little fate outside sell all your unwanted stuff do tombolas come on guys there is light at the end of the tunnel its been open so long from what i read do not give in and let crime take over the youngsters[/p][/quote]Did you not read the story? They're doing less business and people are going elsewhere so there's nobody to raise funds for it. They tried to raise £300k and failed. Times change so if they can sell the building and buy something manageable to cater for the reduced number of people using the centre, it's a no brainer. Be interesting to see what sort of interest the building will get though as most large old buildings such as deconsecrated churches and suchlike get turned into housing or bars, but can't see either being of any demand around this area. In all serious, I can see the only interest being a mosque or a temple. sotonboy84
  • Score: 6

10:37am Wed 6 Aug 14

massimoosti says...

Perhaps all that Nuwaubian spout put people off putting their hands in their pockets Raymondo............
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Perhaps all that Nuwaubian spout put people off putting their hands in their pockets Raymondo............ ...... massimoosti
  • Score: -2

11:06am Wed 6 Aug 14

SNUGGLES 78 says...

more student flats
more student flats SNUGGLES 78
  • Score: -1

11:14am Wed 6 Aug 14

southy says...

quote by George Monbiot, "If wealth was the inevitable result of hard work and enterprise, every woman in Africa would be a millionaire."
quote by George Monbiot, "If wealth was the inevitable result of hard work and enterprise, every woman in Africa would be a millionaire." southy
  • Score: 7

11:38am Wed 6 Aug 14

sarfhamton says...

Been to a number of gigs and music nights back in the 1990s, some great memories. Community Centres struggle to break even but they cannot cope with a 300k repair bill. A real shame, I just hope it is used for affordable housing.
Been to a number of gigs and music nights back in the 1990s, some great memories. Community Centres struggle to break even but they cannot cope with a 300k repair bill. A real shame, I just hope it is used for affordable housing. sarfhamton
  • Score: 4

8:58pm Wed 6 Aug 14

Torchie1 says...

southy wrote:
quote by George Monbiot, "If wealth was the inevitable result of hard work and enterprise, every woman in Africa would be a millionaire."
They are, but not in the monetary terms that you understand.
[quote][p][bold]southy[/bold] wrote: quote by George Monbiot, "If wealth was the inevitable result of hard work and enterprise, every woman in Africa would be a millionaire."[/p][/quote]They are, but not in the monetary terms that you understand. Torchie1
  • Score: 1

9:48pm Thu 7 Aug 14

Karen Collett says...

it should never have got in to that state in the first place too meny people lining there pocket's and not putting the profit back in to the club.....had meny a good time down there over the year's .
it should never have got in to that state in the first place too meny people lining there pocket's and not putting the profit back in to the club.....had meny a good time down there over the year's . Karen Collett
  • Score: -1

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