THE new Grange community and leisure centre in Midhurst is searching for people across the area to help the state-of-the-art building celebrate its first birthday.
The centre is hoping to hear from people who also celebrate their birthdays on March 3 so they can join in the festivities next month.
“It’s hard to believe the new centre has been running for nearly a year now,” said centre manager Mike Boyce.
“We are really proud of what has been achieved and the difference it is making to residents across the north of the district.
“Our customers love the building and the fact that they can access so many services under one roof.
“We’re now looking for residents who share the centre’s birthday to join us on the day for a drink, a slice of cake and a special gift.
“They have to live in the north of the Chichester district and be able to prove that their birthday is on March 3.
“They just need to contact us by popping into the centre, or calling 01730 816841.”
The centre has a range of celebrations and promotions planned during its birthday week including a special dine and disco event, which will take place on March 7.
Tickets costs £15 and include a two course meal and everyone gets entered into a prize draw to win a six month membership, a free slice of cake with every ‘medio’ hot drink and a special two course lunch on March 6 for all the clubs and organisations that use The Grange.
“The feedback we have received has been really positive – from our youngest customers who are under one, to our oldest customers, who are in their 90s. It’s so nice to see the centre is truly a community hub which literally offers something for everyone,” said the district council’s deputy leader and cabinet member for community services Eileen Lintill.
It was ten years in the planning when the doors finally opened at the new £8.1m community and leisure centre.
The total cost was off-set by a £500,000 donation from the Monument Trust towards community facilities and the smaller sports hall which doubles as a community hall was named in memory of Simon Sainsbury whose family set up the trust. West Sussex County Council also contributed £805,000 for its library facilities there.
A chunk of the cost is being recoupled with the sale of the former Grange site for redevelopment by Waitrose.