Brief History of Audley Community Centre
There has been a social meeting place in Audley, a wooden hut, sited on the edge of the land now known as the Millennium Green, just to the right of the entrance to the car park on the flat raised area for many years. It was well used by both young and old with social events taking place on a regular basis. The meeting place was built of wood but unfortunately it burnt down in 1996.
Locals were not wanting to lose this facility and looked for ways to get the building replaced. There were meetings with officers and leaders of the council involving several local people supported by professional outsiders. The ‘action group’ were invited to view the then recently completed Wolstanton Centre as it was thought to be an ideal model for a replacement, but it wasn’t quite right and after modification, plans were drawn up to suit the Audley residents requirements.
The Council agreed to replace it at their expense and set a budget to rebuild, this would have been in line with the cost of the Wolstanton project. Although at that time the Council had the funds to invest. Audley was probably the last area to benefit from this type of development. The replacement building was erected behind the Council Office Building, now used by Peaks Pursuits as their Headquarters. Locally there was great interest shown and much excitement.
The completed building was officially opened by Eddie Bowden Leader of the Council on 25th September 1996 and a plaque to commemorate this still hangs in the entrance area of the Community Centre.
The first Committee was formed with Chairman Dave Heath, Deputy Chair Bernard Holland, treasurer Dave Eardley with Vic Wilson and Eric Browning village residents also played prominent parts.
At that time and unlike today, there were no set rules regarding how a Community Centre should be run and Committee Members, often after consultation with other existing and successful Centres, made up their own rules and worded their constitution. The only instructions given by the Council were that they had to maintain self sufficiency and raise the cost of running the Centre by letting out the hall to local groups and for local activities.
Today, the Audley Community Centre has become the focal point of the community for events and leisure activities.
The Audley Community Centre has now attained charitable status.