The Frank Jordan Centre re-opened on Thursday 21st September following a refurbishment to it’s two main rooms and facilities.
The occasion was marked by the unveiling of a freshly re-framed picture of Frank Jordan by his daughters Mo & Rosemary. Deputy Mayor, Councillor Ian Fordham, gave a short speech outlining the centre’s history, before handing over for the unveiling. He thanked the town council for their work with the centre, and especially Councillor Rob Kenney who oversaw the work, and Philip Leeson for providing the history of the building.
The Lichfield Street centre started life over 150 years ago, in 1858, as a school for the local children, with six classrooms, a hall and a headmaster’s office, and eventually went on to include a Sunday School too. In the 1960’s the decision was made that the population was fast outgrowing the space, and in April of 1970 the first classes moved to new premises.
The building stood empty for a while until the borough bought it, following the town deciding to sell their existing Town Hall to fund the acquisition. The official reopening took place in March 1971, and was named after Frank Jordan, a Stone Councillor, town Mayor and ambulance man. Frank died in 1979, but his daughters, Mo and Rosemary were on hand to officially re-open the centre.
They said; “Dad would be honoured, surprised and shocked to see what has been done in his name. He was a humble man, who loved the town, and his one regret was that he wasn’t born here, but his heart was definitely in Stone.”
The centre, which also houses the Stone Community Hub, is now available for hire both private and commercially, with prices starting from £8.25 an hour.
For more information please contact Christine Parton from Stone Town Council on 01785 619740.