MIDHURST’S hotly-anticipated new youth club has been officially opened by the chairman of the new trust, Colin Hughes.
The opening saw tributes paid to those far sighted members of the Midhurst community, Geoff Whitney and Chas White, among others who, in 1951 saw the need for a place for young people to spend their leisure time.
Together with the young people of Midhurst, they built a club which has been home to youths for the past 63 years.
Photos were on display of everyone in the process of erecting the new club and some of those who took part were present for the official opening.
Mr Hughes said: “I know everyone present on the evening plays a role in making this community such a supportive one to live in, by contributing in so many ways to the quality of life we all enjoy here.”
Representatives from WSCC, including Peter Proudly from the property department, played a large part in putting the scheme together, alongside Dr Joe Vitagliano, principle of Midhurst Rother College, who shared the vision and agreed to the use of the new site.
Representatives of the community and various organisations, together with members of town and parish councils, shared the moment of declaring the club open.
It will be put to use not only by young people but also community organisations who may wish to use the friendly, comfortable facility.
The site is also used by the Midhurst nursery class which previously used the old club premises.
Colin Hughes thanked the team that run the club during the evenings, including those who organise the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award and the Snack Wagon which provides an outreach service in the locality.
WSCC Youth Service Western team manager Heide Evans welcomed the creation of the new club. Heide, a past member and full time leader of the club before taking up her present post, was overjoyed that the legacy bequeathed so many years ago was going to be continued into the future.
Special thanks go to the ladies of the inner wheel who donated £500 for the new table tennis table.