Outdoor activity day plan for at-risk centre

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TWO community groups have joined forces to organise an outdoor activity day for Luddendenfoot residents.

A lack of activities was highlighted in questionnaires from the Luddendenfoot Community Association.

That prompted action and chairwoman Jill Smith-Moorhouse said: “During the past few months the association has been drawing up a package of activities with Mixenden Adventure Centre and this will culminate in an activity day at the Civic Institute on Saturday, October 15,” she said.

“We are very excited to have the opportunity to work with Mixenden Adventure Centre staff and hope we can establish a base for outdoor pursuits here in Luddenden Foot.”

Mrs Smith-Moorhouse said the institute was located in a wonderful setting with the Rochdale Canal, River Calder, and Cycle Route 66 on its doorstep.

“We want to utilise these amenities and give our young people the same opportunities as those who live in other parts of Calderdale. We hope that we will be able to run regular activity days in 2012 but this very much depends on Calderdale Council awarding an asset transfer to Luddendenfoot Community Association.”

A decision on the asset transfer was deferred for three months in July to give interested parties the opportunity to provide a more in-depth business plan and financial forecast for the running of the building.

Mrs Smith-Moorhouse said the association planned a major refurbishment.

“There is much we can do but we need Calderdale Council to realise how important this building is to the community of Luddendenfoot,” she said.

Luddendenfoot Civic Institute is home to several community groups but is being considered for closure at the end of the current financial year due to council budget restraints.

The activity day (ages 10 to 20), runs from 10.30 am to 3.30 pm. Cost £12.