A NEW community centre has opened in a village due to the hard work of villagers and county representatives.
The Ketton Centre in High Street, Ketton, was officially opened on Tuesday night.
It will combine a number of services for people in the village, including the library, computers and a doctor’s surgery.
An action group was formed after Uppingham Surgery, which provided a branch in the village, announced in 2010 that it would close the village surgery.
Residents in Ketton fought the decision and worked with the parish council, Rutland County Council, the primary care trust and Uppingham Surgery to provide an alternative.
The idea of the Ketton Centre was formed and villagers turned out in force on Tuesday for the opening.
County council leader Roger Begy (Con) said: “It was packed and it was great to see so many people from the village at the opening.
“It indicates the strength that they have shown and ensures the development of the community hub and the retention of their doctors’ surgery.”
Uppingham Surgery will still provide a GP to attend to people in the village but has closed its former surgery in Geeston Road.
John Collier, of Kelthorpe Close, Ketton, is on the working party which saved the surgery.
He said: “It was a brilliant night. There were a lot of people there to support the new centre and we hope that it is not only a positive thing for the village now but will develop in the future.”
Ward member at Rutland County Council for Ketton Chris Emmett (Con) said: “The project demonstrates the really good collaboration between the community, NHS and council.
“Everyone involved has worked very hard to secure the library, develop a community hub and continue the provision of GP and nurse services in the community.
“This is an example of the way forward for health and social care in Rutland”.