Volunteer groups at the Pinewood Leisure Centre in Wokingham Without opened their doors to officers, members of the local authorities and other guests who enjoyed a grand tour of the newly completed renovations.

During the evening the gymnastic club put on an impressive display as did the Jayne Coleman Dancing Academy.

Guests also enjoyed a train ride on the miniature railway through three-quarters-of-a-mile of beautiful woodlands.

Talks were also given by the shooting club, the indoor Model Railway Society and the judo club about their various activities.

East Berkshire Operatic Society facilities manager, Gordon Riley, spoke on the huge improvements which have been made to their

clubhouse and mentioned they will soon be able to

run a small theatre which will be available for public shows.

Chairman of the Pinewood Centre, Dick Dove, who has overseen the building work from the beginning, said: "There have been a lot of delays and the last year has been an absolute headache but the buildings are now unrecognisable — they look amazing.

"We believe the insulation will keep the buildings much warmer."

MP for Bracknell, Andrew MacKay, who had a sneak preview of the buildings before the open day, said: "I am a huge supporter of the Pinewood Centre, which is truly unique.

"The parish council deserve great credit for creating such an imaginative facility used by so many voluntary groups from all over my constituency.

"I was visiting to see how the substantial repairs particularly to the roofs had been restored with a generous donation from Wokingham Unitary Auth-ority and could take the opportunity to meet many voluntary groups and the ward councillor Angus Ross."

Wokingham Without Parish Council raised £80,000 together with a grant for £100,000 from Wokingham District Council last March when it was discovered that the asbestos roof needed to be replaced.

The leisure centre's roof repairs finally reached

completion recently after months of delays caused by bad weather and a family of bats who took up residence in it.

The Pinewood Centre is home to around a dozen clubs covering activities such as yoga, aerobics, bridge, aquariums, china painting, table tennis and upholstery.