A short film about Cowdenbeath’s longest running community centre has been released this weekend.
The film, called “A Community Legacy”, is part of the final chapter of celebrations organised by the Broad St Legacy Group, and comes just weeks before Broad St Community Centre will close for the final time. Community work is being transferred to a £3million new facility at the Maxwell Centre in Stenhouse Street in the town.
A public screening was held on Saturday 25th November at the Centre, which was well attended by local people and Centre volunteers. The film was produced by award-winning documentary and filmmaker, Stu Edwards, who worked with Legacy Group Secretary, Stuart Duffy, on piecing the history and memories of the Centre together.
It features a number of youth workers and volunteers who share their favourite memories of working at Broad Street Centre, and also the story of the influential people who have been involved over the years, including Centre Chairman, Danny Kinloch and retired Community Worker, Kenny Aitken.
Cowdenbeath SNP Councillor, Alistair Bain was watch the film and told us:
“I was a pleasure to attend the Broad Street Community Centre legacy presentation – it was a very interesting and thought provoking evening. It is always surprising to learn the history of our community buildings, how they came about and how they affected the people of Cowdenbeath.
It was also a sad evening – although the centre is not officially closed just yet, it will be soon, and when we move to the new community centre I hope to see all of the management committee taking a full and active part in the new centre.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank not just the management committee but everyone who has been involved over the years, but in particular I would like to thank Danny Kinloch for the work that he has carried out and look forward to seeing him in the new centre”.
The film outlines the history of the large site on Broad Street, once a local Doctor’s estate, before the Fife Mining School was built on the site, serving the town for almost 35 years before making way for the current respite home at 78 Broad Street. The community centre was in fact the gymnasium of the Mining School and when the main building was closed in the late 70’s, the gymnasium became home to local community education service staff for the next forty years.
Legacy Group Secretary, Stuart Duffy, who also narrates the film, said:
“It’s been a real privilege to record the stories and memories of people who’ve been involved in the Centre over the past 40 years. Although the film has its funny moments, its really quite poignant as we say farewell to the place where such happy memories were made. Some people will be sad watching it, but the feeling I get is a pride in the community spirit that has kept the Centre going for so long.”
Conservative Councillor for the town, Cllr Darren Watt, was also at the screening and told us:
“It was a genuine pleasure to attend the film launch. It’s a truly wonderful film that captures the emotions, the memories and the character of the centre. Broad Street Centre was clearly much more than just a facility. It was a family. A warm, welcoming and caring family and provided a lot of love and hope throughout the years and it’s up to us as a community to ensure that spirit and energy can be harnessed and taken with us to the new facility.”
“A Community Legacy” is funded by the Big Lottery Fund Awards for All and Broad Street Management Committee and is available now on YouTube or the Broad Street Centre Memories Facebook page.