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Ouston Community Centre hits 40
VILLAGERS will celebrate the 40th anniversary of their community centre this week.
A birthday party for Ouston Community Centre takes place on Friday night (September 6) at 7pm in the centre on Iris Crescent.
There will be a birthday cake and buffet and villagers are invited to attend, particularly those who helped raise money for the facility through a buy-a-brick scheme.
Centre manager Tom Casling said the building was at the heart of the community and home to an increasing range of activities.
As well as the usual interest clubs and sport and exercise classes, it has recently joined a scheme to distribute supermarket-donated food near its use-by date to needy families.
Mr Casling said: “I think we are one of only two independent community centres in County Durham.
”The community paid to build it and today we don’t get funding from Durham County Council, we get our funding from charities.”
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