Chairman’s News – July 24

I hope that by the time of reading this that our daisies are in full bloom and our beloved Community Centre is looking like the very jewel in the centre of the village that it is. Rob, our facilities manager, along with a keen volunteer Dave, have been out planting daisies galore along with fresh hanging baskets that complement our new pergola and thanks to them both, the outside area of our building is now looking better than it ever has.

Our huge fundraising drive to renovate our flat roof is to be launched at our Community Family Day on Saturday 7th September (see posters/social media for more details) but in the meantime, we have a number of ways where donations can already be made. One of them is our ‘Heart of the Village’ garden which is located on the side aspect of the building, where the pergola can be see from Parton Road adjacent to the school fields of Churchdown Academy. We have two memorial benches in situ kindly donated to remember……….. and ………… whose lives were very much entwined in the centre. Le Pont des Arts in Paris may have the padlocks on the bridge but we’re having hearts on our fence. By the time of you reading this you should be able to donate on our website with name(s) you’d like written on a heart. This will then be tied onto the fence with bright ribbon to create a wall of people who are all linked to this amazing village of ours.

I’m also hoping that our Justgiving page will also be up and running and will show that we are able to claim gift aid too, which will help enormously.

We’ve an incredible task ahead of us to raise the funds needed but I know that we’ve great support out there and even by joining as a member of our charity at £10 for the year, that would go such a long way to helping, even if you don’t wish to use the benefits that this membership brings (reduced cost for food and drink in The Brookfield Coffee Shop & Bar and a 20% reduction in a one off room rental for that special occasion!)

Thank you for taking the time to read this and for donating any amount you can, however small. Our building is here for the whole community, and I hope we can keep it here for future generations.

Sue Loveridge