Baildon Community Link
A Community Centre at 35 Cliffe Avenue, Baildon.
Housed in a World War II decontamination centre until a new centre was built at the opposite end of the Cliffe Avenue Recreation Ground. Location of decontamination centre - here
Location of the new (2011) Baildon Community Link building - here
This Community Centre is thought to be the first carbon neutral community centre built in England.
Baildon's Brand-New Carbon Neutral Community Centre - the Grand Opening
On Saturday 7th May, Baildon Community Link's brand-new building was officially opened by Councillor Andrew Mallinson. The afternoon began with a speech from Baildon Community Link's Chair, Renee Lancaster MBE. Councillor Mallinson then said a few words before cutting the ribbon, and Treasurer Tom Gurney also spoke to those assembled outside the building. Everyone who had gathered to see the Grand Opening then moved inside the building for refreshments (and to escape the rain which had begun to fall). A local choir, Noteworthy Women, performed a varied selection of songs in the Main Hall. Artist Yvonne Parr, who leads a Painting group at the Link, held painting sessions for visitors, and Diane West (the leader of the Rag Rugging craft group that meets at Baildon Community Link) was present to see the unveiling of a piece she and her group had produced. There was also a Friends of the Earth stall inside the building. Two slideshows featuring photographs that tracked the progress of the building works were played on a loop in the Lounge and the Meeting Room. There is a report of the Grand Opening in the Telegraph and Argus. Centre Manager and Community Development Worker Lucy Maddison said: “The community have been incredible and everybody is thrilled with the new centre.”