It’s party time as community centre is named

Isleham..The Beeches opening ANL-150505-100957001
Isleham..The Beeches opening ANL-150505-100957001
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There was a double victory celebration at The Beeches Community Centre in Isleham on Saturday with its the official opening which was followed by a VE Day celebration.

Villagers crowded into the main hall to see locals Vernon Plaice and Ruth Diver officially open the £1.5m building.

Iselham staged its VE Day celebrations at The Beeches. Big Band sounds and a 1944 Army jeep set the scene

Iselham staged its VE Day celebrations at The Beeches. Big Band sounds and a 1944 Army jeep set the scene

Ruth, who was made an MBE for her services to children, has strong family ties as her father and grandfather were involved in buildingthe hall and old pavilion.

Mr Plaice, former Newmarket Journal photographer, said he had seen the original hall opened when it was then described as a building to be proud of and the new centre echoed that same sense of prestige.

The Beeches has been open for the last year and is owned by Isleham Parish Council and run under lease by Isleham Community Association.

It is home to a growing number of users including the expanding scout group, fitness classes, a gardening group, mother and toddler group, WI and the Isleham Society. Its Saturday eveningss are virtually fully booked until the end of October and it will host a summer ball, a sportsman dinner and the village gala day.

Mark Goldsack, chairman of Isleham Community Enterprise which runs the centre, said: ”It was a fabulous day.”

Philip Aspland, chairman of Isleham Community Association thanked everyone who had been involved in creating such a ‘marvelous’ facility which was the envy of many other villages.

Saturday evening saw 140 people turn out in 1940s costume to enjoy a dinner and dancing, VE Day style, with music by the Galaxy Big Band.