Conor met Fiona Ruddy to catch up on the latest news about Newton family and community centre.\nOver a cup of tea at Chouxchouxbedoo cafЬЉ on Newton High Street because the centre’s kitchen was being refurbished, the centre’s chair Fiona told Conor about plans to run a new dementia cafЬЉ.\nThe centre also has a host of other community events in the pipeline after the revamp of the kitchen, sponsored by Taylor Wimpey Homes, is finished.
\nIt has had a busy summer with events run by Wargrave Big Local and the Prince’s Trust, as well as a summer fete and a very successful summer play scheme.
\nThe play scheme was the centre’s flagship programme for children (along with the 426 Club), providing activities for children aged 5-13.
\nConor also heard about the centre’s bid for Lottery money to offer more activities for youngsters.
\nThe centre’s volunteers have held a number of fundraising activities – including bag-packing at Tesco and Iceland – at the High Street Hub and Newton Town Show\nFiona said: “We are so fortunate to be very well supported by local businesses, Newton Rotary Club and Newton and Earlestown Community Group, as well as the wider community.
\n”We couldn’t run these activities without our very dedicated and supportive group of volunteers that make these activities possible at the community centre. So, a big thank you goes to all the volunteers.”