St Bernadette’s Social Club, as it used to be known, has been host to hundreds, probably thousands of parties, celebrations, concerts, fundraisers, gigs inc Post Punk Legends The Fall, Pop group The Nolan’s & rumour has it even The Who, all since it was built in 1961. If only walls could talk! How many of our community in Whitefield, Radcliffe, Prestwich and Bury have danced the night away there? How many relationships started within those walls and how many boys have skidded across the dance floor in the new trousers? One person certainly remembers doing so. Back in 2011 Guy Garvey of Elbow describes how St Bernadette’s became the Inspiration for their song ‘Open Arms’. “I really like the idea of this crazy little shack where I used to slide on my knees after church on a Sunday.” More recently St Bernadette’s re-branded itself to ‘Social Centre’ and continued to serve in the heart of the community with groups ranging from Model Aeroplanes to belly dancing classes. Just before lockdown, it was hosting Keep Fit, Brownies and Rainbows, choir practices, Drama groups, The Blind Society, Irish and Ballroom dance classes and even African Drumming classes as well as hosting a wide range of concerts, meetings and get-togethers.
An exciting campaign is being launched and the team have set themselves the target of raising £25,000. The centre
is still closed due to the virus but in the meantime, there will be online table tops sales, quizzes and outdoor events such as fun runs and sponsored walks.
You can keep up with all the activities on their Facebook page.