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Love Leigh Park! Craft Cafe


Love Leigh Park! Community Craft Café

The second Love Leigh Park Celebrate event provided by Community First and funded by the Big Lottery was held on Thursday 1st June in Leigh Park Community Centre bringing local residents together for fun and creative craft activities with fantastic cup cakes and refreshments made by young people with learning disabilities who are learning skills with The Right to Work.  The event started at 10.30 and within the first half hour 30 families, children and adults had arrived to enjoy the many creative crafts activities on offer.  Over 130 people, many of whom were families with young children enjoyed the free event throughout the day.

Caterpillar Crafts, Off the Record and MIND provided the brilliant and fun crafts that everyone enjoyed and could proudly take home their creations such as beautiful paper flowers, an aquarium, hand crafted mirrors and bracelets, pen boxes and many more!  During the day visitors were asked to complete a special tile spelling out the name ‘Leigh Park Community Centre’ as a lasting reminder of the two events that have taken place with the assistance of the Big Lottery Celebrate funding.  It looks fantastic and Community First hope to put this decorative sign in pride of place in the centre reception shortly.

Visitors also took time out to look at the Memory Lane and information from Community First on their many services.  There were free raffles and fun prizes for families.

Visitors completed the Community First Consultation Questionnaire, to share their thoughts on plans for the Community Centre and took home a Goody bag full of fun items.  Andrew Biltcliffe, Head of Planning from Havant Borough Council was also on hand to hear viewpoints and answer any questions on the proposed regeneration of the site around the Community Centre. Early information is available on the Havant Borough Council website.

Southern Co-operative supported the event by generously providing fruit pies and two members of staff helped in the café with the Centre volunteers. The Wall of Kindness received many brilliant and heart warming comments about the great local community spirit, people, shops and services that celebrated the great place that Leigh Park is.  One visitor wrote: ‘It was lovely to get together and meet new people’

Beverley Palmer, Centre Co-ordinator said: ’The day was a great success providing fun activities, drinks, cakes, memory lane and information on services and the future for the area, and all for free.  The Consultation Questionnaires are available in the reception area of the centre and around Leigh Park.  Please help us by sharing your opinion on plans for the centre.  We want to thank everyone for supporting such a brilliant and happy day’.  If anyone would like to know more, please contact Beverley Palmer on 02392 476382.

Visit our main Leigh Park Community Centre page and see how you can help with our Community Consultation


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