A POPULAR community centre has been officially opened after undergoing a major makeover.

Trawden Forest Community Centre, in Church Street, has undergone a complete transformation thanks to cash from the Asda Foundation.

Volunteers from the centre have raised and spent £100,000 on the refurbishment since they opened it over three years ago.

Part of that funding has come through a grant of £28,000 from the Asda Foundation, while the rest of it has come through fundraising by the group.

The money has been used to rewire the building, as well as revamp the kitchen, install new flooring and seating and redecorating.

Stephen Wilcox, chair of Trawden Forest Community Centre said: “The major refurbishment works include a new roof and re-installed exterior.

“The building has been fully re-wired and has a new central heating and new kitchen.

“We’ve raised and spent £100,000 on the refurbishment works in three years.

“Some of that has come from grant funding from the Asda Foundation, which gave us £28,400.

“We were invited by the Colne store to apply for community grant funding and were successful in our application.

“We got the work done and sent the invoice over to Asda.”

“When we took over the building, it was run down and needed a lot of work.

“So a lot of hard work has gone into this from volunteers and support from people in the area.”

The work was marked with the official opening of the community centre on Saturday.

Set up in 1988, the Asda Foundation is a registered charity that aims to have a positive impact on local communities, making grants to provide support to a range of good causes, chosen by the supermarket.