|The Rushden Echo, 19th April 1963, transcribed by Jim Hollis
Youth centre in need of premises
Some activities organised by Rushden Youth Centre may have to be discontinued for a year, unless alternative accommodation can be found for their meetings while the centre is undergoing alterations.
The Youth Committee, which runs the centre, has written letters to various organisations and churches asking for permission to use part of their premises while the work is being carried out.
The work is scheduled to be finished by March, 1964 and Mr. H. W. Catlin, chairman of the committee, told an “Echo” reporter that he hoped all the usual activities which take place at the centre will be able to continue.
The re-modelling of the centre is the first of its type in the county; the County Education Department is bringing the centre up to the standards laid down by the Ministry of Education. The work is to cost about £13,400.
The remodelled building is to comprise a series of linked spaces, which, by the use of partial and removable screens, lend themselves to the varied activities of the club life.
This open planning is aimed at making the member feel that he or she is related to, and aware of, all the activities of the club, and will enable the leader to circulate freely.
The main entrance, with its covered canopy, is to lead through glazed doors to the reception counter, staffed by members, where business details, such as registrations and subscriptions, will be dealt with.
Also in the reception area a large well-lighted information board will be installed, covering the whole range of the centre’s activities.
A leader’s room is to be provided off the reception area and will be visible through a glazed screen.
Cloakrooms with shower facilities will be provided and can be used as dressing rooms for stage plays.
A feature of the girls’ cloakroom will be a powder room, with dressing tables and full-length mirrors which could also be used for hairdressing and make-up demonstrations.
A stage area is basically planned as another linked club area at a higher floor level, and will provide a raised platform for jazz groups, fashion parades and stage plays.
A coffee bar will be a focal point and will be linked to the kitchen with a double sink unit, cooker and modern kitchen fitments. The bar area will have stools with tables and chairs adjacent to a small informal dancing area.
There are two areas provided for practical activities. The area for boys will have both fixed and removable benches where handicraft instruction will be given and the girl’s area will have a layout suitable for instruction in needlework and dress-making.
Architects are Talbot Brown, Panter and Partners, of Wellingborough, and the builders G. T. Kemshead Ltd.