Summer of Fun!

Wow, what a busy summer we’ve been having at the Abbey Community Centre! While our kids’ services are on summer holidays it seems our programme for people over 50 has gone into overdrive! Lots of special summertime activities and trips have been added to our regular programme – many of them intergenerational – so neighbours young and old can come together for a very special summer to remember. Here’s a round-up of some of the highlights so far!

Our new Neighbours to Friends project has got off to a wonderful start with social table tennis sessions now happening every Monday night for the whole community. People of all ages and abilities are coming together, keeping fit and having fun!

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We’ve been to Holland Park to see the wonderful peacocks. Who knew there was such a gem right on our doorstep? We will definitely be going back soon!

We took a coach trip to Clacton-on-Sea to blow away the cobwebs (and fill up on fish and chips and ice cream!). It was a lovely day with plenty of sunshine and laughter (and a spot of rain – it wouldn’t be the British seaside without it, would it?!)

Lots more pictures to follow

A few very lucky members were also treated to a very special tour of the House of Commons courtesy of our local MP, Tulip Siddiq. This was a special thank you to those volunteers who have been part of Abbey since it opened a whopping 40 years ago!

CTCer Judith put on a special session to introduce people to the world of Facebook, explaining what a wonderful tool it can be to keep in touch with friends and family but also keep our privacy and details safe. Lots of people set up new accounts and will be trying out their new-found skills over the summer.

Our Recycle-Art group continues taking everyday rubbish and turning it into extraordinary art! Who would have thought you could make beautiful roses out of melted old plastic spoons!

In fact, arts and crafts has proved so popular that as well as Tuesday evenings we have started to do it on the first and second Saturdays of the month too. And even better, anyone can come no matter age or ability so it’s a great way to meet your neighbours or keep the littluns busy in the summer holidays if you’re looking after grandkids.

We were visited by Elsa and her wonderful Iberian Folk dance group who got us in the carnival spirit for the Rio Olympics by showing us dances from all across South America. We all joined in and had a go too. What a treat!

CTC Saturday Club continues to be a great monthly get-together. In July it was extra special as we had the first outing of our brand new cooker (bought with funds raised by everyone at the centre – well done! – and a generous donation from Mears Group). The Bingo Ladies volunteered to cook lunch and christen it and put on a fabulous spread of Shepherd’s Pie and salad, followed by ice cream. There were so many lovely comments about how delicious the food was. Come back again soon! We then worked off dinner with a spot of ping-pong and an extra-large raffle!

The GoodGym popped in again to help prepare the wall for our new mural in the centre’s crèche garden – this time applying the base coat of paint. It’s a big wall so we needed all the help we could get! Our arts and crafts group will be finishing this off and painting a brand new vista over the next couple of weeks in time for the kids’ return in September. We can’t wait to see it finished!

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And finally, if you weren’t exhausted reading about all that lot – Abbey Community Centre is now proudly Kilburn High Road Sainsbury’s Local Charity of the Year; Our garden has been nominated for Camden in Bloom Best Community Environmental Project and our befriending scheme, Kilburn Good Neighbours, has been nominated for one of the country’s most prestigious volunteering award – The Queens Award for Volunteering. Go Abbey Community Centre! We are over the moon at being recognised and it’s testament to just how much goes on at Abbey and what a difference it makes in the community.

Phewf! That’s it. Well done for making it to the end! All that leaves us to say is a massive thank you to everyone who helps make it all happen – whether flyering in Sainsbury’s, visiting your elder neighbours, volunteering to cook, teaching us new skills on the computer, or setting up ping pong tables! As we always say, more happens together!

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