Tears were shed as doors closed on New Mill Social Centre

New Mill Social Centre farewell party
New Mill Social Centre farewell party

THERE were tears and angry comments at a fun day to say farewell to a facility that had been in a community for 100 years.

Crowds of people turned out for the New Mill Social Centre Fun Day in Tring on Sunday to have one last party before handing it back to the Tring Team Parish, which wants to sell the land to developers and make way for a chaplain for Tring School.

Town councillor Georgina Haynes, who attended the party, said at Monday night’s council meeting: “When the hall was shut for the last time and the people walked away there were tears and it was very sad to watch.”

Although the church helped to re-house some clubs and organisations many people feel taking the centre away will ruin the community and voiced their opinions at the party by writing in a comments book that has now been sent to the church.

One comment said: “Thou shall not kill. You are committing murder by killing the community of New Mill.”

Another read: “I would have thought the church would support the local communities of Tring, not rip the heart out of them!”

Parents who use Monkey Puzzle Nursery collected 40 signatures for a petition to save the nursery that needs to find alternative accommodation.

Tring Town Councillors Georgina Haynes and Penny Hearn met with Ted Oram and Janet Goodyer of Tring Team Parish to find a solution but the church was determined to stick to its plan.

Mr Oram offered the allotment site so that the people could build another centre and pay a peppercorn rent.

But Cllr Haynes said: “How can they fight for one community and then turn around to the allotment holders and throw them off their site? It’s not what community is all about.”

Now there are fears that the allotments are also not safe from development.

Since the party fencing has been erected around the site to keep people out.

Money raised from the fun day will be used towards events or to go towards another facility.