May Update

We have recently held our second Sunday Lunch Club which is proving to be successful, providing low cost home cooked food (approximately £2.50 per head for a 3-course meal). We have more dates scheduled over selected Sundays over the next few weeks – we’re always looking for volunteers to help with the food preparation.

Another of our kitchen-based initiatives, out cooking skills course is going strong, with another six local residents learning how to cook for themselves. Our culinary volunteers are also working with local youngsters from Brockwell Junior School year 5’s and the Brownies group to provide free baking sessions. Back due to popular demand, we are again running a Food Hygiene Course on Saturday 31st May, which is an opportunity to both learn how to prepare and cook safely, as well as gain an industry standard qualification – only £1 for the one-day course!

We are also holding our first ever Community Litter Pick on Saturday 24th May at 9:30am. Come and meet at the community centre for a free cup of tea/coffee before we start – equipment will be provide but please bring gloves and appropriate outdoor footwear. We aim to collect as much litter in the surrounding green spaces between 10am-noon, recycle what we can, and take pride in our local area. The more volunteers that come along, the greater the area we can cover!

The Loundsley Green Fun Day will take place on Saturday 14th June 11am-3pm which we are currently planning; there’ll be a variety of indoor entertainment and information stalls plus lots of outdoor activities. In association with Transition Chesterfield, there will be a Repair Café – bring along your broken electricals, clothes, etc. and we’ll who you how to fix and mend! Then on Sunday 13th July our Sports Day is set to take place. We are looking for volunteers to help us run both of these events – please get in touch if you can help.

We have recently installed a number of soil planters around the front and side of the community centre to brighten up the area – would you like to adopt one? Feel free to plant something, or water the beds if you live nearby.

We are also looking to run a commemoration project to mark the 50th anniversary of the Loundsley Green Estate and 100th anniversary of the First World War. If you’re interested in local history and would like to take a lead on this interesting scheme, please let us know.

Our Young at Heart weekly meetings for the over 60’s has a varied summer programme, including a 1970’s event and music quiz on 12th May and Circle Dancing on 19th May.  Meetings are between 1:30-3:30pm on Monday’s except the bank holiday – Entry £1 inc tea/coffee.

Finally, there are some new regular activities set to start at the centre: Danceworks Children’s Dance School (ages 3-15) which starts on Tuesdays from May 20th between 4-6pm, and on Saturday mornings there’ll be Netball Training Sessions in association with Chesterfield Village Games (start date and time TBC – please check back on our website).

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March Update

Thank you to all who came to the Aurora concert in aid of the Chesterfield Food Bank.  Well over 100 people attended, each donating at least £3 worth of food – the mountain of items donated will go a long way to feed the needy people of North Derbyshire over the coming weeks.

The first table top sale of the year will be held this coming Saturday 15th March 2-4pm, where there will be plenty of sellers plus refreshments and cakes for sale.  A few tables are still left – 4ft tables (£7) and (6ft) tables £10.  Call Rachel on 01246 767284 to book.

We have set a date for our next new project The Sunday Lunch Club for 6th April – our aim is that any member of the community can come along and enjoy a wholesome freshly cooked low price meal in the company of others, prepared and served by volunteers, some of whom are involved with our cookery project.  Designed as a social event rather than simply just a meal, we hope demand for these lunches will result in us being able to continue to provide this service.

Back due to popular demand, we will be holding another Barn Dance next month to raise funds for the community centre on Saturday 26th April – Details to follow so please check back on our website soon.

Finally, we will be holding our annual fun day and sports days in the summer (June and July respectively), and are looking how we can commemorate both 100 years since World War 1 and 50 years since the creation of the Loundsley Green estate, for a series of events in September.  If you’d like to get involved with any of these upcoming events, please come to our next monthly on Tuesday 1st April or get in touch with us via our contact page.

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Derbyshire County Council provides funding for renovations

Thanks to a Derbyshire County Council donation we are able to undertake some important renovations in our community centre; the main hall floor will be fully reconditioned for the benefit of all who use the centre, and a new corridor can be built connecting our meeting room facility to the main entrance. On Friday 7th Feb at 9:30am councillors from Derbyshire County Council presented us with the all-important cheque – thank you!

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Loundsley Green Community Trust wins Big Society Award 2013

Big Society Award

Since our community development trust was formed by local residents just over 2 years ago to save the former Church of the Ascension building from remaining empty and unused, all the hard efforts put in by each and every one of our volunteers has been rewarded by the presentation of the Big Society 2013 award from the office of the Prime Minister.  In the short few years since, our new community centre in continually in use with a wide variety of new services, activities, events and partnerships, creating benefits for all.  These include:

• “Young at Heart”, a social and learning club for older people
• A teenage youth club, run in partnership with the county council
• A parent and toddler group, run by volunteers
• Enterprise Coaching and Mentoring, helping people with the skills to create their own business
• Free basic IT classes, which are essential for helping people into employment and to assist older people in accessing information and services

Since 2010, the Trust has also seen:

• Over 300 people using the centre each week
• 80 people supported through free personal enterprise coaching service
• 40 people back into employment in the last 18 months
• £75,000 raised for the renovation of the community centre
• A newsletter that now reaches 3,000 homes each quarter

Commenting on the award Prime Minister David Cameron said:

“These volunteers have taken an empty shell of a building and transformed it into a thriving community centre. I’m pleased to be able to pay tribute to them – they had the vision to see what was possible and the determination to make it a reality.

“Whether it’s vulnerable older people, people who feel isolated or young people who need support getting into the workforce, the centre is empowering local people and giving them new opportunities. This is what the Big Society is all about.”

Simon Redding from Loundsley Green Community Trust said:

“We’re really happy that the hard work all our volunteers have been doing over the last few years has been recognised in the Big Society Awards. Anyone can do this – we just saw an opportunity to make a turning point in our community and we all grouped together to make it happen.”

Thanks to our great team of volunteers, regular publicity around the local community and careful management of our finances, the centre now pays its own way and will be sustainable for many years to come while still offering inexpensive (or free) room hire to charity and community groups. We will also continue to host and promote regular activities to keep the centre lively to ensure it is constantly in use by residents.

Future developments and activities are generated through open monthly community meetings & surveys. This has resulted in the recent launch of the town’s second food bank in recent week at our centre, in partnership with local churches and the Trussell Trust. September will see the completion of a kitchen refurbishment and the launch of inter-generational cookery classes – passing on experience and skills to future local chefs.

Our community trust is always looking for new volunteers to join us in changing our community for the better – if you’d like to help please contact us!

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Welcome to our new website!

Hello and welcome to our brand new website, where you will be able to find the latest news, events, classes and goings-on in and around the community centre.

Please take a look at our events page which has details of all our summer offerings including our fun day, Olympic games, table top sale and craft fairs.

Our “What’s On” section also includes details of all of our weekly and regular groups including who to contact to get involved and prices where applicable.

You can also find out about our upcoming projects – IT classes, Food Bank distribution centre, Cookery workshops, and much more.

Finally, you can also find out more about what we do as a trust and how you can be part of the team to make the Loundsley Green and Holme Hall communities and even better place to live.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

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