A street party held last Saturday, September 3, to officially open the new Chalvey Community Centre, was a complete success with more than 500 people joining in the fun.
The new centre on The Green has been totally refurbished and now offers a wide range of activities for everyone in the community, from children’s activities, to adult learning and advice.
Children were entertained with face painting, a bouncy castle, circus skills, Thames Valley Police Van, Royal Berkshire Fire Service, brass rubbings, badge making, snug equipment and games, while adults could discover what the centre had to offer, shop on the numerous stalls and take part in fund raising activities for charities all of which formed a market on Ladbrooke Road outside the centre. They could also take time to reacquaint themselves with old familiars like a game of draughts or dominoes. Everyone enjoyed the food and refreshments on offer from the community café. Mayor of Slough, Cllr Sukhjit Dhaliwal made a speech and cut the ribbon to officially open the centre during the event.
The launch and party was partnership action with Slough Borough Council, residents and community groups, such as Chalvey Partnership, SANAS, Destiny Support, Action 4 Chalvey, & SWIPE working together to make the day a success.
Residents and local shops were inspired by the day and really impressed with the new centre. Many asked for the street market to become a regular feature which is now a goal for the partnership groups.
Julie Hillsdon, senior community services officer for Slough Borough Council, said: “Over the next few months, there will be new activities for everyone at the centre and I hope to see many people from the local community take advantage of the new facility.”