The Ruby Hunt Centre

Donington's multi-use centre

The History of the Ruby Hunt Centre

The Pop-In Centre was opened in 1982 after sterling work by Ruby Hunt, a handful of volunteers raised funding to establish the centre in a second hand portacabin.

Over the years it has been very well supported by the local community providing a meeting place for morning coffee and social gatherings and a venue for the Wednesday Luncheon Club serving a 3 course freshly cooked meal for the elderly and disabled of the area.

The centre flourished and within 18 months a second used portacabin was added to cope with the increasing demand for services and facilities. Mrs Hunt was awarded the MBE for her sterling work to the community.

By 2002 the portacabins were coming to the end of their serviceable life and were not able to offer the space required to fulfil the growing requirements. A new venue had to be found for the centre to continue, this was proving difficult with no available sites in the appropriate area.

In 2003 the Doctors announced their move to Swineshead, a move not welcomed by the locals. This meant that the surgery building became available, with the invaluable help of the funding and assistance provided by The Lincolnshire Community Foundation the purchase was completed. The re-furbished work required substantial other funding which was obtained with their help.

The newly named Ruby Hunt centre was opened in April 2006 by the Lord Lieutenant for Lincolnshire Bridget Cracoft-Eley.
Mrs Hunt was to open the centre but unfortunately passed away at the age of 92 only two weeks before the official opening.