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19 September 2016

Harraby Community Campus Going from Strength to Strength

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The new community campus officially opened by councillors Stewart Young and Colin Glover in May is now a firmly established part of the South Carlisle community. The campus offers something for people of all ages and includes a cafĂ©, library link, community centre and theatre, 3G sports pitches, an indoor sports arena, Pennine Way Primary School and St Aidan's Nursery. The campus also runs a wide range of activities including soft play parties, brownies and guides, dance classes plus health and wellbeing activities like Zumba and Slimming World.

One of the many standout features of the new campus is the theatre which holds approximately 250 people. Since May the campus theatre has hosted 4 shows, including music and comedy events which have all sold out. As word spreads of the new campus, people are coming from all over Cumbria and further afield to book the theatre and to enjoy the other facilities available.

The Harraby Community Campus scheme was shaped by the local community from day one with the Harraby Together We Can Initiative, the school and community centre all contributing their thoughts and ideas and funded with around £12 million of investment from Cumbria County Council and £1.6 million from Carlisle City Council.

Liz Jackson, Harraby Community Campus Manager, said:

“Officially opening the centre back in May was a proud moment for Carlisle and we continue to work hard to provide the best facilities and events for people in Harraby and the surrounding area.

“The local community have really welcomed the campus and all its facilities, we've seen a massive increase in those coming into the community centre, using the indoor and outdoor sports facilities and those setting up new community groups.

"Volunteers have setup a fantastic monthly Movie Monday event which sees the theatre transform into a cinema and locals can come down for free and watch a movie, there's lots more coming up too with more comedians, musicians, and exciting Christmas and New Year celebrations."

Cyril Weber, Councillor for Harraby North, said:

"I'm delighted by the progress the community campus is making, the campus already looks to be of huge benefit to all generations in the south of the city and wider Cumbria, we've even had people travelling from Scotland to use the campus sports facilities. It really is going from strength to strength and demonstrates what can be achieved when everyone works together with a common aim.

"It's great to hear how more people are using the community centre and volunteering their own time to help others."

The Community Centre is open from 9.00am to 5.00pm from Monday to Friday, and 11.00am to 2.00pm on Saturdays and Sundays. Members of the public can go to www.harrabycampus.org.uk/ for up-to-date information about the whole campus and see the exciting upcoming events.

The new community campus officially opened in May is now a firmly established part of the South Carlisle community.