Leigham Community Centre Fun Day

Members of the community joined forces to hold the Leigham Community Centre Fun Day, to raise funds to refurbish their community hall with stalls, fairground rides, creams teas and food stands!

Members of the Men’s Shed project were in attendance, running a stall selling their handcrafted wood products. Bird houses, clocks, storage chests and display crates were available to buy on the day.

Paul Huntley, Housing Officer for the area said: “It was a very successful event with people of all ages attending and a great time was had by everyone! The fire service came along and South West Water were there signing up people to receive support to help manage their bills. People had the opportunity to purchase a wide range of goods from stalls, with the proceeds going towards doing up the community hall. Products ranged from adopting a teddy to jewellery, craft goods and bird tables. The local community have done wonders bringing this building up to a much better state of decoration inside and it is becoming a positive and welcoming hub for the community."

“I was extremely impressed by the energy and enthusiasm of the volunteers, who did a fantastic job keeping everyone fed and entertained at what was a very enjoyable and well organised event. Residents also completed our surveys which will help to shape future plans for their neighbourhood.”

Donna Keane, PCH tenant and event organiser said: “The Leigham Community Centre was shut up and only used for dogs clubs. Pat and Bill James and myself were asked to come into the hall and help bring it back to life. Nine weeks ago, we had a meeting and planned the start of the bingo and loads of other clubs. We came to the idea of having the fun-day as well as other activities, such as breakfast club, dance club, art activities and keep fit classes for over the 50's.

So, we planned the hall fun-day and at first it was only going to be 13 tables, but it grew to around 30! And for that day, it was full of people talking and enjoying their community hall. It was so good; we are now having an Autumn fair on the 27 October and table top fairs on 7 October, 4 November and 2 of December from 12pm-3pm. 

We’ve planned other activities too, such as a ‘Songs of Praise’ on 30 September and a remembrance service for WWI on 11 November. We also have a Drama Club for everyone and we will be holding shows for Christmas for the community.

So as you can see myself, Pat, Bill and three new ladies Julia, Lorna and Tina are bringing Leigham Hall alive and into the 21st century!” 

 

Pictured: Members of Men's Shed with PCH staff Pauline Rooks and Ryan Huws.