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The Weston Centre originated from a substantial bequest from the Estate of Richard James Weston of Hazelwood Road who died in 1959, to benefit the older residents of Duffield. This led to the building of the Weston Centre in Tamworth Street in 1990, to provide daytime facilities for the over 60s of the village.
Coffee mornings are held every weekday morning, and enable people to meet in a friendly and social environment over a cup of coffee. Additionally we provide a cooked lunch on Mondays, which are popular and currently fully booked. When not in use by us, the Centre is available for lettings on a commercial basis, and is used regularly by local art, bridge, gardening and WI groups, plus some large organisations, and various groups for occasional meetings and social events.
We exist as a Charity, following the aspirations of R J Weston, are run by volunteers, and are administered by a Board of Trustees, who meet around six times a year. The Board is appointed by several organisations within the village. In addition the Board occasionally appoints additional trustees for specific roles, as is currently the case with the Treasurer and the Hall Bookings Secretary. There are currently 7 trustees in total. A Management Group of 5 persons adminster the day to day running of the Centre, and meet monthly.
The Trustees are appointed by:
Duffield Parish Council (2 - one currently vacant)
Duffield Community Asociation (2 - one currently vacant)
Silver Leaves (2)
St Alkmund's Parish Church
Duffield Methodist Church
St Margaret's Roman Catholic Church
We are financially self sufficient, generating our own funds mostly from the hall lettings which cover our routine running costs. We also receive a few generous and useful donations from village organisations, but otherwise do not receive any external funding. Duffield Parish Council rent a small part of the building for their own office use, which contributes to our income, and they use the Centre for their Council meetings, (but otherwise are not connected to the Weston Centre).
We have successfully served the residents of Duffield for 24 years now. A new kitchen was installed in 2011, in late 2013 there was a renovation of the roof, and major interior refurbishment in late 2017. We would like more people to use our facilities, and to expand what we do beyond the coffee mornings and lunches. We are in need of more Volunteers, especially in the overall running and administration of the Centre, which would enable us to further our aims.
© 2014-2018 The R J Weston Duffield Charity, The Weston Centre, Duffield, Belper, DE56 4ER Charity no 518547