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Invitation open to all at St Luke’s

10 May, 2019 — By Helen Chapman

Service with a smile from three of last year’s cookery school participants at St Luke’s

A community centre in Clerkenwell is throwing its doors open this weekend to celebrate opening up membership to all ages.

From Friday to Sunday St Luke’s Community Centre in Central Street is offering gardening, cooking, snooker, a silent disco, comedy, arts, massages, meditation and food and drink to celebrate its extended service.

Chief executive Michael Ryan says: “There is something for everyone to experience over the weekend, and it shows the range of activities available at St Luke’s every week.”

From Friday the centre is inviting residents in the area to become a member, whatever their age, when previously membership was for over 55s. It costs £5 for lifetime membership to access activities on their programme.

Registration will be free for anyone under 18 years of age whose parent or carer is registering. New members will receive a £5 food voucher for the Central Street Cafe or to use at the centre’s lunch club.

For more information visit www.slpt.org.uk

Community digs deep for centre

Whittington Park Community Association’s 50:90 campaign volunteers Lesley Gordon, Sheena Davies, Sue Glover and Ruth Sullivan; and, inset, a surprise visit from Gruffalo

Whittington Park Community Association is celebrating after raising £60,000 towards renovating its main building, Hocking Hall in Yerbury Road. The total far exceeded the target of the community association’s 50:90 campaign, which set out to raise £50,000 in 90 days through disco nights, the annual ceilidh and raffle, a music night, a John Hegley benefit show, sponsored runs, fundraiser classes and activities at the

centre. Sheena Davies, one of the volunteers who met weekly for six months to keep the campaign moving, said: “It is amazing – we thought the target was quite aspirational, it was quite daunting. It is good they reached their target – it is something that lots of people have contributed to and it shows that people value their community centre.”

Loan Tran, from the WPCA, said: “The generosity of our local community has meant that we can now begin the tender process to appoint a contractor to refurbish existing spaces, fit new windows and a lift for access to our upper hall. Although our

transformation is beginning, we would love our local community to continue to fundraise and hold community events with us. Every penny raised will be used to improve our spaces so we can continue to provide services to sustain and develop a vibrant community.”

The community association offers a range of activities and services for local people, including gardening on Tuesdays and Thursdays and an over-55s social group runs from Monday to Friday.

For more information, call 020 7272 1847 or go to http://whittingtonpca.org.uk/
To find out more about donating to the renovation project go to www.virginmoneygiving.com/fund/Transformation

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