Essential repairs to start at Sherburn community centre

Sherburn in Elmet Community Trust has secured a grant from Selby District Council for essential repairs to The Old Girls’ School Community Centre in Sherburn in Elmet. Supplemented by the Trust’s own fundraising reserves, this grant will be used to carry out maintenance and repairs on the roof, guttering, and brickwork. 

Kevin Sibson, Trustee who has arranged the works with the contractors, said “The Old Girls’ School opened in 1876 and is in very good condition for its age, but does need some repairs and up-close inspection to check what preventative work is needed. We’re very grateful to Selby District Council for the grant, which will help ensure the building is weather-proof for many years to come so we can continue to be a hub for the community.” 

Cllr David Buckle, Lead Executive Member for Communities and Economic Development at Selby District Council, commented: “We’re delighted to be able to support this project with a grant of up to £128,161 through our Town Centres Revitalisation Programme. This is the first grant we’ve made from the programme, which is a key way that the Council will support the valuable work by local organisations and people to revitalise their centres.” 

The work is due to start on Monday 13th June and take about 8 weeks to complete. Scaffolding will be erected, but the community centre, tearoom, on-site physio and childcare all plan to open as normal. Car parking may be slightly reduced during the works and visitors are asked to walk or cycle if they can, and be courteous if parking on-street. Evening and weekend parking is available next door, by kind agreement of Child & Co Accountants. 

If you have any concerns about the work, please contact the Community Centre Manager Sarah Kay on 01977 685178 or  

The Old Girls’ School Community Centre is managed by Sherburn in Elmet Community Trust (registered charity 1166770). For details of the building’s history, current events and facilities, see