Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council

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Week Commencing 21 August 2017

Saturday 26 August 2017

Attended the 50th Anniversary Celebration Fun Day at Wolviston Court Community Centre 2, Clifton Avenue, Billingham

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With Rural Crime Reduction Officers, Paul Pane and colleague on crime prevention initiatives

 

Met up with Ian Austin who is chair of the Management Committee who warmly welcomed us to the community centre, he gave us a tour of the premises before officially performing the opening ceremony. 

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Billingham Choral Society – Looking for volunteers

First of all I thanked everyone for inviting us to this fun day event, as it was a pleasure to be involved in the celebrations.

Wolviston Court Community Centre has been open for 50 years. In that period of time it has provided a great facility for the people of Wolviston Court and surrounding areas.

Throughout the 50 years the Committee Members have always acted on a voluntary basis. The Centre has never closed, except for a short period in 2005 due to roof damage.

It has always been a popular venue and is currently used by 17 different groups, mostly on a weekly basis. The ages of the users ranges from 3 – 90 years old. Some groups have been meeting here since the centre opened. There has been a children’s playground here for most of the time, and many of the current user groups are long standing patrons of the facility.

The Committee organised the event as a celebration of 50 years; also it was an opportunity to bring family along to meet up with some old friends and I’m sure they all had good time.

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Coconut shy and hoopla stalls

 

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Bucking bronco horse and bouncy slide

There was something for everyone to enjoy, especially for the children: outside there was hoopla, coconut shy, throwing footballs through holes, a bucking bronco horse, bouncy slide and face painting. The fire brigade also turned up for children to have an action day on the fire tender and empathize with the fire fighters.

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Fire Rescue Tender – The kids just loved climbing into the cab and beeping the horn

Inside the main hall there were art and craft stalls, Billingham Choral Society with photographs, showing their long history in association, Cleveland Police giving advice on crime prevention initiatives, which was interesting for everyone to take note of the problems/prevention that could be associated in their local areas.

A children’s dance group displayed their talents with a variety of dance and movement techniques that were truly captivating, which the audience thoroughly enjoyed. There was also a raffle ticket stall, with the proceeds from the day’s event being in aid of support for the Great North Air Ambulance.

This was a well organised event and appreciated by the people who came to support and enjoy the day’s proceedings.