THEY’VE clocked up 53 years at the heart of a community hub.
But now Margaret Bagshaw and Susan Fell have decided to hand control of Slaithwaite Community Association and Centre to newer members.
The pair were honoured with gifts at a retirement party at the centre on Bank Gate.
Ms Bagshaw, 58, was one of the founding members of the centre which opened at a former primary school in 1983.
Since then the centre has been transformed from a draughty Victoria building to a well-insulated centre for numerous community groups.
Ms Fell, 64, joined the centre committee in 1986 and was treasurer for 20 years.
The centre has had tough times: when electrical problems and a decaying roof threatened to close the building.
But the centre continues to be at the heart of Slaithwaite.
Vice-chairman of the association Sharon Hockin said: “Their energy and drive has been absolutely fundamental to the centre.
“There has been a number of times when the centre has faced closure but they’ve always been inspired and so willing to give their time, energy and support.”
Ms Bagshaw, a Citizen’s Advice Bureau volunteer, said: “I’m sorry to go but I felt there was a new group with time and enthusiasm and it was time to step back from it.
“At times it was touch and go but now there’s a strong committee and the future looks very optimistic.”
Ms Fell, a retired market researcher, said: “We’ve seen the centre change from a Victoria school to a lovely, warm community centre with all the modern facilities.
“I enjoyed my time very much. I’m a little sad to retire but looking forward to doing things I really enjoy doing, like spending some time in the garden.”