Our vital cancer services are all set to restart in the Old Library Building and Museum in Worksop on Monday 11 October, as the refurbishment work takes a step closer to completion – and we can’t wait to see you.
The Old Library Building on Memorial Avenue will reopen to the public following a year-long closure to transform the historic Grade II listed building.
The work began in December 2020 and has provided several new features in the former library, including:
- Community facilities including a modern tea room overlooking the duck pond and Canch gardens
- A cancer hub for local people to visit and receive a free package of support
- Holistic therapy and beauty rooms
- A heritage hub to celebrate the history of the town
- New toilet facilities
The refurbishment work has restored the original layout of the building and recognisable features, including the central glass dome to let natural light in to the heart of the building, and the cork wall and floor tiles, and wooden bookcases. The project has created a dedicated heritage area at the centre to tell the story of the Old Library and Museum throughout the decades. It is designed to engage people living with cancer and their families with heritage to support their wellbeing, and is a welcoming hub for the community to visit.
The well-stocked Aurora charity shop will also reopen from Monday 11 October, along with physical and wellbeing activities, and public and community groups sessions.
Debra Fores, Aurora manager explained,
“We are extremely proud of the refurbishment and what we have achieved. It’s taken the charity five years to reach this point, and we have prioritised areas to help futureproof the building, many hidden from view. These include a new boiler and heating system, electrics and lighting, IT cables, not to mention making the roof watertight and fixing the damp.
“Painstaking consideration has been given to find a balance between protecting the building, and providing local people with a community space that celebrates the towns heritage, and a sanctuary where people can come when they need it the most. We are immensely grateful to have received the funding and to those who play the Lottery for enabling the project to be delivered.”
Here’s a sneak preview of the newly refurbished centre…
Refurbishment work will continue throughout autumn to deliver a new electronic entrance lobby, a rear terrace for the Tea Rooms and painting in other areas of the building.
Whilst the building has been closed, Aurora services were without a home to support hundreds of cancer patients and people with long term health conditions. The reopened building will allow a broader range of services to take place along with much-needed fundraising events and activities.
“This is an exciting time for the charity. The Heritage and Lottery Funding has helped refurbish parts of the building and provide a wonderful community space. We must now turn our attention to raising funds for Aurora, to help us continue to provide services for local people. Covid has had a devastating impact on the charity and reopening and fundraising is vital to allow us to carry on.”
Aurora is a local charity and community resource that supports people in Bassetlaw affected by cancer and long term health conditions. It was in 2019, awarded £1.56M from the National Heritage Lottery Fund (NHLF), boosted to £2M with support from key stakeholders, to transform the much loved Old Library Building where the charity is based.
Aurora centres provide support for people living with a cancer diagnosis or long-term health condition, including their family members and carers. Centres in Bassetlaw, Mexborough and Doncaster Royal Infirmary are now all open to the public. Services include support groups, workshops and counselling, beauty treatments and holistic therapies, and exercise classes. Call 01909 470985 or visit www.aurorawellbeing.org.uk for more information.