Hertfordshire County Council are threatening to demolish our thriving Community Centre. Maxwell provides numerous local community groups with a home for their activities and offers a fantastic venue to host events including family parties, meetings, and a waiting room for the hundreds of people who attend ‘Dancing on Ice’ in Elstree Studios. The Centre caters for all residents, young, old, all cultures and all religious persuasions. Please click here to sign our online petition to Save Maxwell.
Why the need for a youth centre in Borehamwood? An influx of families from across the South meant there were many teenagers in Borehamwood’s population. They needed to be occupied or they may cause problems for the community.
Ivor Bailey, owner of BSP based in Maxwell Road, employed many young boys. He gave the site and financed the building work. He asked for weekend volunteers to do the unskilled work with the preparatory labour on the Centre. On 22 February 1962, twenty boys turned up for the first work party. Soon after, four of their fathers offered their professional woodworking skills. The Club opened on Monday 29 June 1963.
On the initial enrolment 247 signed up. By 28 May 1964 there were 600 members. Links International Youth Centre was born. Bands such as The Who, The Birds, Elton John, Eric Clapton and many more were booked to play. For the full story see the History Panels in the Centre.
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