April was a very busy month for the CCA Management Committee undertaking a range of maintenance tasks both inside and outside the Centre as well as overseeing the installation of a new interior ceiling to the main hall which has significantly brightened the appearance of this area. We were able to finance the work ourselves following the successful award of a lottery grant for the hall floor refurbishment mentioned in last month’s edition. Whilst we still need to make further improvements to the building we continue to receive favourable comments as to the facilities we have available for hire to Chellaston residents and the surrounding community.
Our popularity for individual hiring of the Centre, especially parties at the weekends, is now creating some management problems in the form of opening and closing the centre. Our cleaner who operates during the week has been undertaking the additional duties however the frequency of hires is such that we needed to consider alternative arrangements. The Committee therefore decided to look for a suitable person who would be prepared to act as a Caretaker at these weekend events to open the Centre, meet and greet hirers, provide them with all the necessary information as well as be on hand to close the Centre after the event. Following advertising we are pleased to report that Edward Ashford, who lives locally, will undertake this role for the Association.
A date for your diaries Saturday 20th June 2015 between 12 & 5 pm when the Spirit of Chellaston (SOC)event will be held on Swarkestone Road Park, adjacent to the Community Centre. Kelvin Roberts, SOC Chairman, advises that this year it promises to be even better with something for everyone, there will be in excess of 40 local societies, groups and businesses showcasing their activities and demonstrating what is on offer for the residents of Chellaston. Entertainment throughout the afternoon will be provided by Chellaston Academy, Chellaston Infant School, community dance groups and church and community choirs. There will also be kiddie’s rides, face painting and fun games to suit all age groups as well as art and craft displays. The CCA will be providing hot dogs, sandwiches, a range of cakes together with hot and cold drinks and also running a small bouncy castle in the garden.
As you may well know we are a small committee of volunteers and whilst a number of members are retired we continue to look for assistance from within our Community to ensure that we can maintain both the operation of the Association and the running of the Centre. We have some ambitious plans to grow the Centre which would benefit the Community however at this present time we do not feel this small committee could embark on such a programme. As a resident you may be asking why do we not have this or that facility in Chellaston, the answer is that only through getting involved on committees such as ours can some of these plans be realised. We have managed to obtain a lottery grant for a refurbishment project and there is every possibility that we could get further funding for new projects which would enhance the current facilities. If you would like to get involved please contact the committee via e mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 07895386433.
Finally we are planning to hold a coffee and cake morning for groups and residents of Chellaston in the hall and hopefully the garden on Wednesday 27th May from 10am until noon. The Committee will be providing teas, coffees, soft drinks along with a range of homemade cakes and we would love to see as many people as possible, all profits made will go towards the upkeep of the Centre. It is a good opportunity to look at the recent improvements at the Centre and for you to catch up with friends, neighbours, acquaintances and have a chat over some refreshments – put the date in your diary and look out for the posters around the village nearer the date.