Over two days a veritable army of Cadent (formerly National Grid ) volunteers descended on Westfield with painting and decorating materials to completely transform the very tired looking Annex building at the Westfield Community Centre.
Supported by “Volunteeringmatters” nearly 30 volunteers set about sanding down repairing painting and creosoting .
Head of centre Dave Roberts was joined by Pre-school staff and children to thank both the “Volunteeringmatters” project staff and all the Cadent volunteers who gave their time and energy to transform the building . “it really has lifted the building and of course saved the community centre many thousands of pounds which can best be spent on delivering our vital services” he said.It is the second occasion in five years that Cadent staff have volunteered at the centre and He said he looked forward to an ongoing relationship with Cadent volunteers.
Yet again children at Westfield infant school the staff and parents, have raised over £500 at their harvest festival assembly. As in previous years they have donated the proceeds to The Westfield Luncheon Club, which provides weekly support to local socially isolated and disabled elderly people.
The funds will go to provide the annual Christmas meal and celebration for luncheon Club members. At a recent School assembly to receive a cheque for over £500 Dave Roberts head of Westfield community centre thanked the children, the staff and parents for their generosity. He said the Christmas lunch which the donation will go towards is one of the highlights of the year for the group not least because the school Choir comes over to the community centre to join in the celebration and sing carols and other festive songs. Which is always greatly appreciated and enjoyed by all.
School Choir Entertaining the elderly
meeting and greeting members of luncheon Club
The Westfield Community Centre which first opened its’ doors in the late 1960’s celebrated its 50th birthday year with a special party. Nearly 100 guests enjoyed an evening of memories music and merriment.
Dave Roberts Head of Centre said the turn out was fantastic and included staff colleagues, volunteers and service users from each of the five decades the centre has been open. It was heart-warming to see that the role the community centre has played in local people’s lives for over half a century was much appreciated the lifelong community education curriculum which operates from the centre still includes Day nursery, preschool, kids club summer playschemes, work with young people, work with people with disabilities and support groups for older isolated people, as well as a range of recreational leisure, informal education, and volunteering opportunities.
The celebration was generously sponsored by three local real ale breweries the Market Bosworth Brewery, Hinckley’s own Elliswood Brewery and Buswells Brewery Burbage providing some of their finest ales for the evening and supported by Hinckley and Bosworth CAMRA members who ran a bar for the event.
The merriment was completed by a the multi-talented Ukele band the N’ukes who took the partygoers on a journey through over 50 years of popular music including ragtime, jazz, blues, rock and roll, pop, psychedelia, Soul, Motown, punk, rap, hip hop………. what they couldn’t do on a ukele hasn’t been invented yet !
Here is to the next half century.
cutting the cake Len Lowles . Head of centre 1972-1987 Merial Newman ( SNIPs) Chris Brown Westfield playgroup manager 1972 -1998 Dave Roberts Head of centre since 1988.
Fun was had by all at our Queens 90th Birthday Party, party food all round then onto the fun & games!
49 years ago The doors of the then closed down Westfield Junior school were re-opened by a small committee of local people who were determined that the building should be brought back into use and serve the Local community. The first groups to use the premises were the Westfield playgroup and a few youth clubs in the evening .