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Community champions

Team effort: Sian Coulton, from New Progress Housing Association, Rev Anthony Crawford, Leyland Project chair of trustees, Jeannette Wilkinson, Fusion, Coun Matthew Tomlinson, Beth Blenkinship, community development officer for the project, Coun Keith Martin, Karen Beech, chairperson for the Broadfield Comminity Association and Coun Mick Titherington

Team effort: Sian Coulton, from New Progress Housing Association, Rev Anthony Crawford, Leyland Project chair of trustees, Jeannette Wilkinson, Fusion, Coun Matthew Tomlinson, Beth Blenkinship, community development officer for the project, Coun Keith Martin, Karen Beech, chairperson for the Broadfield Comminity Association and Coun Mick Titherington

Families enjoyed a jam-packed celebration to mark the one-year anniversary of a popular Leyland community centre.

Residents flocked to The Base off Bannister Drive on Saturday for a day of arts and crafts, dance and drama.

Staff at the centre showcased some of the work the team has done in the past year working with the community, and people also gave testimonials about how the Base has helped them.

Beth Blenkinship, community development officer for the Leyland Project, which also runs the Place in Royal Avenue and the Springfields
Family Support Centre on Seven Stars Road, said some of the highlights of the last 12 months included the youth activities, the kids’ club, and family coffee mornings.

Plans for this year include more drama and dance activities, and a new ‘community market place’, where families can drop in to speak to different organisations, including the police, Citizen’s Advice Bureau, the council and New Progress Housing.

Councillors for the Golden Hill ward, which covers the Broadfield estate, Coun Matthew Tomlinson and Coun Mick Titherington, said the Base is at the heart of creating community spirit in the area.

 

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