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Group fights to keep Delphi Centre in Sudbury open after factory closes in 2020

PUBLISHED: 09:43 08 February 2018 | UPDATED: 12:06 08 February 2018

Campaigners who are trying to save The Delphi Club are redecorating the centre today. Left to right, Jack Owen and Ray Ward. Picture: GREGG BROWN

Campaigners who are trying to save The Delphi Club are redecorating the centre today. Left to right, Jack Owen and Ray Ward. Picture: GREGG BROWN

A not-for-profit group is fighting to keep a Sudbury social club open after the factory site where it is based closes in two years.

Campaigners who are trying to save The Delphi Club are redecorating the centre today. Picture: GREGG BROWN
Campaigners who are trying to save The Delphi Club are redecorating the centre today. Picture: GREGG BROWN

The future of the Delphi Centre, in Newton Road, was thrown into jeopardy last year when Delphi Diesel Systems announced plans to scale down its business ahead of a full closure in 2020.

The Delphi Centre User Group wants the club to remain open to continue to provide a wide range of events for Sudbury and the surrounding community.

The group is hosting an open afternoon on Friday, February 23, from 2pm-4pm, to view the facilities available and learn more about the events and activities that go on at the centre.

Many people who use the facility raise money for charities in the area and the centre has enjoyed a great deal of success over the past ten months.

Campaigners who are trying to save The Delphi Club are redecorating the centre today. Picture: GREGG BROWN
Campaigners who are trying to save The Delphi Club are redecorating the centre today. Picture: GREGG BROWN

The user group has also organised many fundraising events for the refurbishment of the ballroom, and are currently redecorating the centre prior to the open event.

Staff at the factory were informed of the phased closure in August last year, and around 500 jobs will be lost.

Labour councillor Jack Owen, who has been involved with the centre for many years, said: “It’s a wonderful asset for the community and would be such a shame if we lose it after the factory closes.

“It’s separate from the factory now, but it does still rely on the factory for its energy needs so that would have to be resolved.

“I’m an eternal optimist and it would be a major coup for the community if we were able to keep it open.

“While Delphi are leaving the area, it would be great if they could leave the centre for the use of the community after they are gone.

“But there is a lot of discussion to be had before anything goes ahead.”

The centre has announced a packed schedule for the first half of the year, including the return of Backlash Ballroom for an explosion of ballroom and latin dance on April 14.

Two tribute events are also scheduled – a Kylie Minogue/80s night on Friday, February 16, and Genesis in March.

A barn dance with Pluck ‘n’ Squeeze is also planned for June 23.

For more information on the Delphi Centre, visit www.delphi-centre.co.uk

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