A COMMUNITY centre in Stourport described as a "valuable asset" to residents is now under new ownership.

The Elizabeth Mills Centre, located at Sion Gardens in the town centre, is used for social day-care and community groups.

Wyre Forest District Council has now transferred the ownership to Stourport Town Council as part of its localism agenda.

This is when it supports town and parish councils as well as other community organisations to take ownership of assets or to run services.

Previously known as the Stourport Day Centre, it was renamed in 2010 to recognise the achievements of local stalwart and founder Elizabeth Mills.

She was formerly the mayor of Stourport and served twenty-three years on Wyre Forest District Council and twelve years on Worcestershire County Council. She was also Wyre Forest’s first honorary alderman.

The centre has been a staple in the community for many years and provides lunchtime meals three times a week for residents.

Activities such as sequence dancing and bingo also take place there.

The space is also used in the evenings by various local groups including the Civic Society and Oddfellows.

The centre relies on volunteers and will continue to be run under a board of trustees as it has been before the transfer.

The Mayor of Stourport, councillor Mike Freeman said: “We are delighted to work with Wyre Forest District Council on this transfer, which has allowed us to retain this valuable asset to the local community.

"We look forward to supporting the board of trustees to continue to deliver great services to residents.”

Councillor Tracey Onslow, Wyre Forest District Council’s cabinet member for culture, leisure, arts and community safety said: “The Elizabeth Mills Centre is a staple for many residents in Stourport.

"As part of our localism agenda, we want to make sure that valuable services like this continue. Transferring ownership to Stourport Town Council will make sure this happens.”

To find out more about the groups and activities at the Elizabeth Mills Centre, call 01299 823240.