Abbeycroft Leisure to merge with Anglia Community Leisure

justin friend with Sarah Howard will be presented with a special cut glass bowl to mark her time as Chairman of Haverhill Chamber as she steps down after maximum term of four years of service. ENGANL00120120619165850
justin friend with Sarah Howard will be presented with a special cut glass bowl to mark her time as Chairman of Haverhill Chamber as she steps down after maximum term of four years of service. ENGANL00120120619165850

West Suffolk’s two charitable leisure trusts Abbeycroft Leisure and Anglia Community Leisure are to merge subject to local authority approval

The two trusts manage Bury St Edmunds and Haverhill Leisure Centres in partnership with St Edmundsbury Borough Council and Newmarket and Brandon Leisure Centres, The Dome Leisure Centre in Mildenhall and Mildenhall Swimming Pool, in partnership with Forest Heath District Council.



The Board of trustees for Abbeycroft Leisure and Anglia Leisure Centre have approved the merger subject to St Edmundsbury Borough and Forest Heath District Councils, which own the buildings, approving the plan this month (scheduled for February 27).



The merged organisation will also mean the boards of trustees for both Abbeycroft and Anglia Community Leisure will come together. The Board will be led by current Abbeycroft Chairman Sarah Howard. (pictured)

Sarah said: “This is an exciting step forward for both Trusts as we combine our expertise and come together stronger and more efficient for the future.”



Once approved, the new leisure trust for West Suffolk will commence from 1 April 2015 under the name Abbeycroft Leisure.

 It will mean that the new organisation will be the largest leisure trust geographically in Suffolk.

The Trust’s aim for the future is that members will be able to use all the leisure centre and swimming pool facilities run by the trust in West Suffolk.


Warren Smyth, Joint Chief Executive of Abbeycroft Leisure and Anglia Community Leisure, said: “The merger will create a stronger, efficient and effective leisure trust for West Suffolk and protect services for the future.



“This is an exciting time for leisure and fitness in Suffolk as more and more people are understanding the huge benefits that come with being active beyond weight loss.”