THE grand opening of a community hub has been deemed a great success as politicans, organisers, and hundreds of people gathered for its launch.

As reported by the Journal, a community hub was launched in Lowton on Saturday, April 28, which houses a community cafe, a purpose-built Judo dojo, a physio and sports injury clinic, as well as space for a range of interactive and "state-of-the-art" activities.

With a range of activities organised for people of all ages, more than 300 people came out to mark the launch of Lowton Community Hub, based on Newton Road.

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Leigh Journal: The new community cafe inside the hubThe new community cafe inside the hub (Image: Lowton Community Hub)
On the launch of the community hub, a variety of activities were organised, including face painting, a bouncy castle, live music performances, while mouth-watering treats were provided from the community cafe and ice cream stalls.

With the hub's dojo set to be the award-winning Leigh Judo Academy's new home, the martial arts festival was a standout attraction at the launch.

This featured demonstrations and classes from Shogun Karate Club, Leigh Judo Academy, and Kokoro Jujitsu, while participants of all ages and skill levels had the opportunity to learn from experienced instructors and engage in friendly competition.

Leigh Journal: A purpose-buit dojo was been constructed for Leigh Judo AcademyA purpose-buit dojo was been constructed for Leigh Judo Academy (Image: Lowton Community Hub)
"Seeing the Lowton Community Hub come to life has been incredibly rewarding," said Luke Brown, Trustee of the hub and driving force behind the project.

"While the journey was filled with challenges, the end result is a testament to the passion and dedication of everyone involved.

"It's heartwarming to see everyone's collective efforts create such a positive impact, and I'm proud of what we've accomplished.”

Leigh Journal: Live music performances marked the opening of the hubLive music performances marked the opening of the hub (Image: Lowton Community Hub)
Local councillors, political leaders, and the Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, also attended the event to show their support for the community-driven initiative.

Mayor Burnham officially opened the hub by cutting a ceremonial ribbon, marking a significant milestone for the community.

"When I walked in and saw the new facility, it was beyond what I expected," said Andy Burnham.

"Just spending some time in the community cafe and hearing they are open every day is fantastic.

"For an older person who's on their own, it's a brilliant thing to come down, have a coffee, and chat. We must do more to combat social isolation in the community and bring people together. That's exactly what this place will do.”

Leigh Journal: A wide range of activities marked the hub's launchA wide range of activities marked the hub's launch (Image: Lowton Community Hub)
Described as a shining example of what can be accomplished when a community comes together, the hub's ongoing commitment to promoting health, well-being, and personal growth is expected to contribute to the wider community's development and prosperity.

"I want to extend my deepest thanks to Sport England, Wigan Council, and every individual who contributed their skills and resources to make our vision a reality," added Luke Brown.

"The hub stands as a symbol of the power of collaboration and community spirit. It's an honor to have played a part in creating a space that will enrich the lives of our community for generations to come."

More information about Lowton Community Hub can be found here.