Based in the former Co-op Clog and shoe shop on the corner of School and Spring Street, the Centre now belongs to the people of Rishton, and was bought by the people of Rishton.
The Council Clerk submitted a letter from the Community Council of Lancashire on the 8th October 1953, asking this Council to consider the formation of an Old People's Welfare Committee. The Chairman of the Council was to call a Public Meeting for this matter to be considered.
Opened on the 24th February 1968, by Councillor McNeill, the centre has played an active part in the lives of many Rishton people.
The building was bought from the coop after a loan was secured from Rishton Urban District Council. This loan was repaid within a few years after the people of the town launched themselves into an activity of fund raising events. Theses included making and selling craft products, and using the rooms as a dance hall in the evenings.
The rooms were first only opened on Sundays, from 10 in the morning till noon, then from 1 till 5 in the afternoon. In the evening the doors opened at 7pm, and closed at 10.
The Centre even had its own choir and within the first few years, whilst raising funds, they entered the Fleetwood Festival.
The choir went on to win the 1st prize in the Novices Cup!
The Centre now is a registered charity, and finds most of its funding this way, although events are still held here throughout the week.
Why not pop in for a cup of tea, at only 25 pence a cup it must be a worthy stop when in town shopping?
The centre is open most days from;
10-30 am till Noon pm
2 pm till 5 pm
and Tuesday and Thursday Evening.
Want a room to rent for an event? Why not try the centre? Room rental is just £6.
You can help the centre regardless of your age. To help keep this building part of Rishton, why not become a "Friend of the Centre", membership is just £1.50 per annum.
Olive M. Povey