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Residents of Crookes celebrated their community in style today at an annual festival.

Hundreds of people enjoyed a range of attractions and stalls at the Love Crookes Festival at St Thomas’ Church.

The Lydgate Primary School kids sing for everyone

The Lydgate Primary School kids sing for everyone

This year’s event was a special one as it celebrate the end of a £99,000 project to redevelop and extend the well-used Crookes Community Centre.

The centre, owned by St Thomas Crookes, has been transformed into a modern, attractive and versatile community hub and was officially opened at the event by Reverend Mick Woodhead.

Its community room has been extended and refurbished, a new entrance at the rear of the building has been installed to improve access, and new children’s toilet facilities and a creative play area have been created. It also has a children’s play area and community garden.

The previous layout of the centre meant that although there are several rooms, only one could be used at any one time. The project has installed key-pad doors, enabling multiple users to access the building’s different facilities.

After opening in November, the centre is used throughout the week for a wide range of groups and activities including a nursery, toddler groups, Foodbank, groups for over 50s, holiday clubs and a community singing group.

Helen Ward, family and children’s team leader at St Thomas Crookes, said: “We are thrilled by the outcome of this project, and the fantastic new facilities it has created for the community of Crookes.

“It has been wonderful to see everyone’s positive response to the transformation of these rooms and the outside space.

“Already we are seeing more community groups and organisations asking to access this much needed community space.”

Funding for the work came from several sources, including The Veolia Environmental Trust, who awarded a grant of £40,000 through the Landfill Communities Fund. Funds also came in the form of grants from the All Churches Trust, Sheffield Town Trust and Network Church Sheffield, Garfield Weston, JG Graves Charitable Trust, and from church members’ fundraising activities.