New youth centre The Shack officially opened

Pictured from left, Margot Walford, David Gutteridge, Charlie Straker, Susan Sandall, mayor and mayoress Brian and Brenda Sumner, Becky Perry, Maurren Jalili, Mark Jones, Mike Smith and Heidi Haxeltine
Pictured from left, Margot Walford, David Gutteridge, Charlie Straker, Susan Sandall, mayor and mayoress Brian and Brenda Sumner, Becky Perry, Maurren Jalili, Mark Jones, Mike Smith and Heidi Haxeltine
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A former bowls club which has been transformed into a youth centre was officially opened on Sunday with people getting to try the facilities.

Captains of the Stamford corps of the Salvation Army Ian and Margot Walford will run the new centre, known as The Shack, at the Recreation Ground in Stamford.

The couple have spent a year refurbishing the former Belton Bowls pavilion and raising funds for the project after recognising there was not enough for young people to do.

They received grants from the Harry Skells Trust, Stamford Young People’s Charity and South Kesteven Community Safety Partnership and representatives from the good causes were invited to the opening.

Margot said: “The opening went really well. We had a good number of people there and gave out several leaflets.

“It was a very positive weekend. As a safe place for young people of all ages, we hope The Shack will be a great venue.”

Margot thanked Charlie Straker, Heidi Haxeltine and Becky Perry for their help.

The Shack offers gaming, music videos and pool, and will be open on Friday and Saturday nights from 7pm until 10pm for all young people, but particularly for those aged 16 and over.

It will open for the first time this Friday.

During the summer other opening times will be posted on a Facebook page, which can be found by searching for The Shack Stamford. Leaflets are also available at Stamford Library.

Anyone wishing to volunteer with the youth project can contact Margot Walford on 07870 284131.