Report to BROOMWOOD COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION
27 April 2004
by Community Development Worker
In November 2002 I arrived in Broomwood on crutches, I leave on Thursday on my bike – for Lostock. Here are some final thoughts……………………
1 Broomwood Community Association
My VCAT colleagues Dave Nunns and Colin Barson assisted in the birth of Broomwood Community Association. Three years on the BCA appears to be thriving with monthly meetings, newsletter, website, healthy bank balance and a fine record of attracting funding
2 Broomwood Voice……loud but clear?
The newsletter has expanded to eight colour pages. How do you do it – and without advertising? Many community associations would like to know!
3. These boots are made for walking
The next health walk is Wednesday 5 May, then fortnightly through the summer (Wednesday, 11 am @ Youth Centre). Diane Hibberd is contact person (980 0545) for the 2004 Programme.
Ruth Speight will continue to be supportive of our local walk leaders: Diane, Kath Warrington, Graham Stringer and Mike Rose
4 Live Long, Feel the Vitality of Chinese Physical Culture
Tai Chi continues on Tuesday evenings (5 – 6 pm) at the Youth Centre. Tutor Clive is so impressed with the enthusiasm of the class he is willing to continue even though the subsidy has run out (charges only £2 per session). Ann Wood has kindly offered the class a temporary home while the Youth Centre is refurbished.
- Timperley Trekkers Health Walks – first in Trafford
- Tiny Tots Toddler Gym
- Productive collaboration with Health Visitors Ruth Speight and Sue Burden
- Helping smokers stop
- Getting people inside the Youth Centre
- Involving the community in the Broomwood Partnership
- A place to park greater priority than a place to cycle
- Persuading others of the joy of shorts
A Way Forward for Broomwood
The Primary School where you meet offers much but cannot do everything. The estate needs a vibrant centre for community activity. That must be the Youth Centre. The saga of the Scout Hut is over. There is a bitter aftertaste but all must move on. I will propose to the Broomwood Partnership that community representatives have a key role in the management of the new centre. In time (2/3 years) I believe the community could take over the building if there is such a desire.
Living in Broomwood - Reasons for being cheerful
- Vibrant Community Association
- Progressive Primary School with dynamic Head Teacher
- Committed Councillors
- A Local Partnership supported by all agencies
- Two Floodlit Astroturf soccer pitches
- New Medical Centre
- New Community Centre
- Local Shops – use them or lose them (Tesco Baguley will survive without your custom)
- Tai Chi for £2
- Beautiful countryside on the doorstep
Vincent Walsh, , tel: 0161 980 0696, mobile: 07729 875687 e mail: firstname.lastname@example.org