COLUMN: Chance to find out what goes on at Strutts Centre

By Nick McLeod

Chairman of Strutts Community Centre

As we start our fifth year since we first opened our doors to the public we are busier than ever, with more room bookings and more new users coming through the doors. We are often asked by people who enter the building for the first time what actually goes on in Strutts Community Centre. 
As our main purpose is to provide rooms we have, in the past, left publicity of the activities to the groups hiring the room. 
We have their pamphlets and posters in the building together with banners outside for special events. 
The list of activities is published in the excellent Belper Celebrations newsletter along with everything else that goes on in Belper. 
In view of this growing demand for information, we hope to promote our user groups on our own web site and to publish our list of activities and contacts in our own newsletter. 
Also, to promote the site, as part of the Derwent Valley Mills Discovery Days 2013, we are opening our doors on Sunday, October 27, from 10am to 4pm to let people look around this fine Grade II Listed building of historical importance to Belper. 
Some of our users will be displaying details of their activities, so you can find out first-hand what happens in the building now. 
Hot and cold refreshments will be available all day, and “afternoon tea with Mr Strutt” will be served between 1.30pm and 3.30pm. Strutts Community Centre is located on Derby Road, opposite Babington Hospital. 
Our car park entrance is at the Derby end of the site, with reception in the middle at the front of the main building.
 Entry is free so do come and have a look around what is after all your building.
The restoration of the building continues. Work on the Memorial Library has recently been completed, with its domed ceiling, wooden panelled walls and stained glass windows, and it has been entirely funded by the Belper Strutts Society. 
All that is needed is to fill it with books and display materials, but already the results are stunning. We have also varnished and decorated all the new doors around the site, which explains the smell of fresh paint around the place, however, there is much more to do!So if you can help in any way please join the Belper Strutts Society and phone Strutts Reception on 01773 599993 or email me, Nick McLeod at reception@strutts.org.uk