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2016 Annual Review


  • Our major project this year has been the installation of solar panels on our new roof
  • We held a volunteer maintenance day in early August to deep clean interior and tidy external areas
  • Front black railings wee painted in August
  • All wooden border fences were treated by students undertaking the National Citizenship Programme and DBC Group in August
  • Damage to the centre water meters in Major Street lane were repaired by Northumbrian Water
  • New Window blinds were installed in the large hall



  • £4,000 has been paid to St Matthews and St Lukes Church for rent and to facilitate an extension of our community space within the church during 2016
  • New microwave purchased in April
  • Additional income sourced from the following: Additional Slimming World Group on Bank Holiday Mondays, Art Adventurer monthly bookings, Additional Party bookings on weekends and holiday periods which have exceeded 100, 6 week Boogie Beat childrens sessions and two day election days when the centre was used as a Polling Station


Health & Safety

  • Fire extinguishers yearly check undertaken in May
  • PAT Testing undertaken in June and emergency lighting replaced in the large hall
  • Wasps nest exterminated in roof of small hall in September
  • DBC Food inspection undertaken in September, where we retained 5 star status



  • Lunch club continues to be popular with 20+ regular attendees on a Friday. Lunch now provided by Age UK Darlington.
  • Other weekly users include: Rainbows, 2 Brownie Units, Guides, Rangers, Boys Brigade, 6 fitness sessions with Mel & Doug Hutchison, Coronary Support (Yoga & Tai Chi), Parent & Toddler sessions, Karate, Rugrats Rugby, Slimming World and Serendipity Pre School
  • Darlington Borough Council terminated usage on a Monday lunchtime due to budget cuts
  • Free usage of the centre has been given to the local Restorative Justice team on 2 occasions this year and also to Darlington Assistance for Refugees to host a "Taste of Syria" Night that was organised by Churches Together in October

Testimonials from customers: “Willow Road Community Centre provides fantastic facilities that are a benefit to the whole area"