YOUNG people can look forward to the start of a new era as a performing arts group breathes new life into Spalding Youth Centre.
After being cut back to just one youth club session a week last year, the centre in Westlode Street is to now become home to the town’s Polka Dot Academy of Performing Arts.
The move from the performing arts group’s home in Cradge Bank will spell the start of a new era of joint working between it and Lincolnshire County Council’s children’s services to provide more activities and sessions for youngsters.
Darren Maddison, of Polka Dot, said: “We were looking for a new home because of a few problems we had been having at our unit in Cradge Bank and Spalding Youth Centre practically fell into our laps.
“It had gone down to one night because of budget cutbacks but hopefully this will mean we will be able to provide another night a week for the youth club, as well as sessions for primary school and disabled children as well as Polka Dot activities.”
Mr Maddison added that the recently-refurbished building is perfect for Polka Dot’s needs with a large dance studio, music suite and recreation areas.
Its location in the town centre also makes it easy for parents to drop off youngsters and older children can walk from nearby secondary schools.
Polka Dot is hoping to move in over Easter, with sessions starting on April 16.
There will be an open event on Thursday, April 12, to give members a chance to look around. Primary school aged children are welcome from 4pm to 5.30pm with older children from 6pm to 7.30pm.
Earlier this year we reported that the industrial units that housed Polka Dot’s base in Cradge Bank had been put on the market to rent.
The performing arts group occupies a section of one of two bays, which Longstaff estate agents were offering to rent for £22,000 a year.
At that time Mr Maddison said the group was not looking to move, but said a decision was taken to look for a new home because of a rent increase and several floodings as a result of burst water pipes.
l Polka Dot’s Fancy That costume shop will cease trading after the move, although costumes are still available by arrangement by calling 01775 712359.