New community centre opens in Gipton

A new community centre in Gipton is to be named after Dame Fanny Waterman in recognition of the inspirational work she has done with the young people in the area.

The new community centre will be officially opened by Dame Fanny Waterman and Councillor Graham Hyde, Leeds City Council lead member for localism on Saturday 22nd September from 11am to 2pm.

The centre replaces the former South Gipton Community Centre and will offer the local community a new facility that consists of two meeting rooms, a hall and multi-use games area, all of which will be available to members of the local community, groups and organisations.

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All media are invited to the opening of the South Gipton Community Centre on Saturday 22 September from 11am. Representatives from Leeds City Council and Wykebeck School will be in attendance as will Dame Fanny Waterman. Please call the press office on 0113 247 4450 to arrange attendance.

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In addition to the official opening of the new community centre, the event will include live music, stalls hosted by local organisations and community groups, a sports competition and a martial arts demonstration.

The entertainment and fund raising has been arranged by Wykebeck Primary school with an aim to raise money for the designing of an outdoor learning space linking the community centre and school.

Headmistress, Jennifer Millington, said:

“It has been a tremendous privilege to have Dame Fanny Waterman at the school and for her to talk to the children about self belief and commitment to find and develop their talents - a message that connects perfectly with the school ethos.

“We wanted to mark this special visit and to encourage our children to get more involved in making music, and we are thrilled that local councillors agreed to name the new community centre after our distinguished visitor.“

Councillor Graham Hyde, Leeds City Council lead member for localism, said:

“It is excellent that the local community will be able to make use of the new resource.

“Community centres are an important asset to local areas, and it is great to see this new centre attached to a local school, allowing young people and the rest of the community to come together and make use of it. “

The centre has been funded by £518,000 from the inner east area committee.


For media enquiries, please contact;

Cat Milburn, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 247 4450

Email: Catherine.milburn@leeds.gov.uk