New extension for Rothsay Education Centre

A much needed extension to an adult education facility in Bedford can now go ahead thanks to a generous donation from the Connolly Foundation.

The Rothsay Education Centre in Bedford, a completely self-funded charity, provides over 200 courses each year to people over 50 years old.

The courses, ranging from art, to languages and literature, history, music and science extend to yoga and Pilates as well as Bridge classes are stimulating and challenging without being too formal.

All take place in a beautiful Victorian family house with a large garden.

Weekend and summer courses are also offered to anyone aged over 18.

But the premises, in Rothsay Gardens, are bursting at the seams, so work to upgrade and update the current building is now going ahead with an extension to follow.

David Wood, chief officer of the REC, said: “We are so grateful to the Connolly Foundation for this very generous donation.

“It gives the green light to our refurbishment project and means that the REC can continue its work, making a difference to the health and well-being of so many people.”