The Centre is a vibrant and welcoming community centre in the heart of Halton, Lancashire, which tries to provide something for everyone in the area, and is run by the Halton Community Association (HCA), which is a registered charity. The majority of the activities held at the Centre are organised by community volunteers who work tirelessly to give something back to the people of Halton.
There is a wide range of facilities on offer, featuring both indoor and outdoor space as well as a skate park that is very popular among the local young people. From sports and exercise classes to annual events and seasonal activities, with new things being added all the time, the Centre @ Halton really does have something for everyone the whole year round.
Run as a non-profit organization registered with the Charities Commission, the Community Centre is managed by HCA, for the sole purpose of providing flexible community space for the inhabitants of the village of Halton and surrounding area. The Management Committee for HCA is formed from its members and changes on a regular basis.
Building started in the 1970s with the main hall, aiming to provide a much needed venue for many village needs, despite a relatively restricted budget. Over recent years the HCA has morphed to become a versatile modern facility, which is there for the purposes of education, health, leisure and activities for all ages.
Dennis Mendoros, then High Sheriff of Lancashire, formally opened the new building in May 2010, as part of a weekend of celebratory events.
After the Centre was developed and expanded, HCA also began the process for a major re-development of the recreation area adjacent to the building. This redevelopment included a new skatepark, all-weather Ball Park, play area for children of all ages, youth shelter, and a pebble mosaic designed by artist Maggy Howarth. There is also a boules pitch, picnic area and outdoor gym.
The village of Halton is found on the banks of the River Lune, just to the North East of Lancaster and not far from the M6. The Centre is located off of Low Road, which runs parallel with the river, and is nestled among soaring trees as part of Halton’s scenic location.
Nearby is the Halton Bridge, which is also known locally as ‘The Iron Bridge’, ‘Denny Beck Bridge’ or ‘The Penny Bridge’, but has never been given an official title. In 1913 the current bridge opened just to the east of Denny Beck, one of the tributaries for the River Lune. Built from parts taken from demolished old wrought iron Greyhound bridge in Lancaster, the bridge was originally designed for supporting a railway line. The railway company owned the bridge and ran it as a toll bridge until 1966 when the railway and station finally closed at Halton. The bridge’s long term status as a toll crossing earning it the local nickname ‘the penny bridge’ as it cost a penny to cross. The bridge is still open to cars and pedestrians, although with restrictions on vehicles up to a weight of 3 tons and a width of 6 feet.