The last afternoon meeting of Worksop Archaeological and Local History Society (WALHS) met on 23rd February at the usual venue of the Poplars Church, Victoria Square, when Ruthie Boys from the Aurora Centre visited to give a talk about the history of the Old Library, now the home of Aurora.
She explained about the original concept in the late 30s, of the need for a new building specifically for use as a library, how plans were arrived at, how money was raised and its then continued use as library and museum up until a few years ago when it became in dire need of major restoration and repair.
A bid was made by the Aurora Wellbeing Services which were already based in Doncaster for use as a wellbeing centre for cancer sufferers and supporters. Having then received a Heritage Grant has meant that the old building has been beautifully restored and is an ideal centre for the work of Aurora. Many of the old features have been retained, particularly of course, the wonderful glass dome.
There is also a small museum centred under the glass dome which contains exhibits returned to Worksop from Bassetlaw Museum. There is now a charity shop, excellent tearoom, gym, beauty treatments etc. with great ideas for fundraising and the care and wellbeing of their visitors. It is now proving a pleasure to visit whilst raising funds to support cancer sufferers and their families.
Ruthie also explained the purpose and aims of Aurora, which is a wonderful charity.
The Society’s meetings take place on the fourth Thursday of the month at The Poplars Church (old Golden Ball). The next meeting will be on 27th April at 7.30pm – the regular start time for the summer months.
New members and visitors who are interested in local history are always welcome, paying just £3.50 per visit or to be a member costs £6.00 per year with £3.00 per visit. Car parking is available at the rear of the venue.