Since 1982, the Derby West Indian Community association has been based at the Centre on Carrington Street. It is located a short walk from Derby’s train and bus Station and the city centre, making it easily accessible to all.
The centre itself has a main hall which can take upwards of … people and has played host to a number of musical events and wedding receptions over the years. There is also a smaller committee room, perfect for smaller meetings, which have a number of computers inside which are free to use for the community. Printing can also be done at a cost.
Gaining the rights to the land and the setting up of the building was a long and arduous process. However, a successful meeting with Councillor Mick Walker and Mr. Cowlishaw, members of the steering committee and Mr. M. Crosdale – Community Relations Officer (CRE), allowed for the plot of land on which the Centre now stands. This land was bought and paid for by Derby City Council at a cost of £9,000 and given to Derby West Indian Community Association as freehold premises.
The Centre was officially opened on 31st July 1982 at 2.00 pm, jointly by the Mayor of Derby, Councillor Norman Glen, and the Lord Lieutenant of Derbyshire, Sir Peter Hilton. The High Commissioner of Trinidad and Tobago, Eustace Seigaret was the Guest of Honour.