Friday, March 28, 2008

Ladywell Village Fete?

I am delighted to 'exclusively reveal' that plans are afoot for a 'Ladywell Village Fete' in Dressington Avenue. The date pencilled in for this is the afternoon of Saturday 19th July and it will hopefully take place on the rugby pitch opposite the old workhouse building (next to Ladywell Fields). The project is being driven by staff and users of Ladywell Day Centre, working together with Slagrove Partnership, Abbey Manor College, the local Safer Neighbourhood team and a number of other local groups and individuals. Hopefully details will be confirmed soon (the booking still has to be approved by Glendale and various risk assessments, H& S criteria met etc), and booking forms for stalls etc made available.

Ute and I have met twice with the group planning the fete, discussions are ongoing with Glendale and we are hopeful that it will go ahead. We have been keen, since the threat to demolish the sports hall of Ladywell Day Centre in 2006, to make sure that the facilities in the centre are more widely available for use by the local community. One important step towards this was achieved a few weeks ago, when Slagrove Partnership started a youth club, which meets in the sports hall at Ladywell Day Centre. This was one of the projects we supported through the localities fund. However there are also other excellent facilities in the centre, including a fully-equipped woodwork room and a pottery room that are currently under-used. We hope that this fete, as well as being a great day in itself, will also help to build stronger links between the centre and the local community and lead to further use of the centre by local residents.

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