The Barrington Centre has closed down with immediate effect, due to ‘insolvency’.
It is home to Ferndown Town Council along with Dorset Police’s Safer Neighbourhood Team. Theatre and community groups also use the building.
Around lunchtime today, the centre posted on their website informing people of the closure. It reads:
“It is with deep regret and sadness that, after over 30 years of running the Barrington Centre for the community of Ferndown, the Ferndown Community Association has, as of 12.30pm Friday 20 January 2017, closed the doors to the centre and are ceasing to trade.
“A continual reduction in grant funding and donations, together with increasing overheads, has resulted in the Charity’s insolvency. In order to minimise the personal financial liabilities of the volunteers, who currently stand as trustees, the centre is now closed to the public.
“We will be working with our superior landlord, East Dorset District Council, in order to ensure that the centre reopens to the public as soon as possible.
“We would like to offer our sincere apologies to our loyal customers and the residents of Ferndown for this unexpected and unfortunate situation.”