A FAMILIAR building in Batley has a new name.
Batley Old People’s Centre, on Upper Commercial Street, is now known as Batley Community Centre after a special ceremony last week. In one of her final acts as mayor of Kirklees, Coun Gwen Lowe (Lab, Batley West), cut the ribbon and officially renamed the building.
The name change was made to better reflect the many different groups who now regularly use the space and to encourage the whole community to feel welcome there.
The centre was originally opened in 1963 and cost £11,000 to build, with much of it paid for by small donations from local residents.
Councillors from both Batley wards plus representatives from scores of community groups and voluntary organisations attended the ceremony.
Mary Bateman, a voluntary trustee of the centre since it was opened 56 years ago, was also honoured for her service.
Coun Lowe said: “This is a special, important day in the history of Batley and a new and exciting chapter is opening for this centre.”