The Lenton Centre

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The Lenton Centre Timeline By Robert Howard

1931
The building opens on Willoughby Street as a communal washhouse for up to 24 people at any one time. The Slipper Baths also accomodate 12 men and 8 women.

1966
The William Olds Trust pays for the swimming baths to be built and opened as a training pool for school children and youth organisations.

1978
The first meeting of The Lenton Community Steering Group is held after a campaign by the Willoughby Street Tenants Association.

1979
The Lenton Community Centre opens in part of the building on 3rd February.

1979
The Lenton Community Association is formed in April and registered as a charity in August.

1983
The centre is extended to include what is now the large hall.

1991
Two new meeting rooms are added by removing some of the interior walls.

1996
The National Lottery awards £64,000 towards the cost of expanding activities for young people, including extra staff.

1999
The centre closes for six months for major refurbishment and an extension, plus an access ramp for people with disabilities.

2000
The centre re-opens in February after work costing £80,000. The money is raised by The Lenton Community Association, The National Lottery, private donors and Nottingham City Council.

2004
The centre celebrates it's 25th anniversary in June. A few days later, an announcement is made by Nottingham City Council informing residents that they have decided to close the leisure centre at the end of August. This prompts a campaign, led by The Lenton Community Association, to take over the entire building. They create an extensive local consultation exercise and raise money to produce a viability study and business plan.

2005
The Lenton Community Association transfer all its assets to The Lenton Centre and then purchase the building, including the swimming pool, from the City Council for £10. The gym is re-opened within weeks.

2008
Lenton Swimming Baths re-open after being closed for exactly four years.