Report to BROOMWOOD COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION
by Community Development Worker
1. Broomwood Health Walks in their stride.
The sixth walk took place on Wednesday 24 September.
We explored Broomwood Wood and were introduced to the resident fairies by Mary Eastwood.
The Chair of
Trafford South Primary Care Trust, Professor Norma Raynes joined us.
Broomwood Walks continue to generate much interest – Trafford General Hospital
Physio Department believe they could benefit their patients recovering from
cardiac illness/surgery. The Youth Centre gym could also have a role in Cardiac
In the autumn
Broomwood intends to host Health Walk Leader training for volunteers from
throughout the Borough.
next walk will be on Wednesday 22 October @
11 am from the Youth Centre. Due to popular demand the PCT has funded transport
for an extra walk in Sale Water Park on 12 November. If interested give me your
Summer in Broomwood
The G Force young
people must be congratulated for their efforts to smarten up the estate - in sun
and rain - from litter picking around the Youth Centre to excavating
I mistakenly invited them into the coffee bar and the toilets.
I learnt that all Trafford Youth Centres are closed in the second half of August
and are unavailable to the public.
understand this blanket closure is under review.
Official Launch of Broomwood Pitches and Play Area
I worked with Janette Pilkington, the Youth Service and Tina & Paul Huxley to organise this important celebration.
The Mayor declared the Pitches open, improvising a bottle of champagne and a ribbon.
After a shower of rain a rainbow appeared over Broomwood – a good omen?
We still await bins and bike racks.
will be open access at all times to both pitches.
4. Broomwood Fruit and Veg Market
Launched on 18 July at the Youth Centre if offers easier access to affordable quality fruit and veg on Friday afternoons.
The new 5 A Day banner attracts passing parents at the end of the school day.
The fresh produce is supplied by Ash House Farm.
The ordering is currently done by me, our health visitors and Peta Stephens (Maritime Housing). We are looking for volunteers to take over. Are there any local gardeners or allotmenters who want to sell their surplus produce?
Where are the
nearest allotments? Sometimes an allotment can be difficult for one person or
even one couple to manage on their own. Is their
interest in sharing one?
5. Healthier Eating
The Health Action Zone is funding a Food for Life Course.
ten-week course starts this Wednesday 10 – 12 noon at the Youth Centre. It is
facilitated by Monica Bannister who is well known for her work at the School.
All are welcome. There is no charge.
First Steps develops into Tiny Tots
The group has been rebranded and newly constituted as Broomwood Tiny Tots.
I have supported .the parents’ application to the Local Network Fund for a grant to buy a Toddler Gym.
The outcome will be known tomorrow (Tuesday 30 September).
Wendy Diamond from
Community Learning will train parents in the effective use of the Gym in the
I note the Community Association has won a Lottery Awards For All grant which guarantees the medium term future of the Voice.
I welcome its expansion to four pages and am happy to contribute copy and pictures.
In the longer term
the Voice needs to attract advertising to be sustainable.
The funding to open the gym ended in July after a five-month experiment. During that period 25 people used the gym.
could reopen if there is enough active support.
All interested come to the Youth Centre on Saturday 11 October at 10 am for a brief meeting.
will provide drinks and fresh fruit.
I am not a Council
employee but have an office base at the Youth Centre. Over the summer I have
witnessed great investment by TMBC in the building – new roof, windows,
electrics and alarm systems. What
next? No one seems to know. I believe the Centre could have an expanded role as
a Youth and Community Centre. This will involve further investment on
re-configuring the inside plus negotiations with existing and potential users:
Youth Service, Education Service, Over 50s Club, Boxing Club, G Force…….
I will support community efforts to realise the
potential of this valuable, underused public building.
On 14 November 2002 the Broomwood Healthy Living project was launched at the Primary School. Many of you participated. It has been my role to support those who were awarded grants on that night. It is time to celebrate and evaluate progress.
intend to invite all grantees to a Review event in November (? Thursday 13
November) subject to the availability of the School. I will circulate details
11. Broomwood Festival 2004?
Autumn has arrived
but let us look ahead to next year. Is their scope, space, and energy for a
celebration of Broomwood next summer? Such an event could complement existing
events – Altrincham Carnival, Timperley Country Fare, the Primary School Fete………..
Walsh, community development worker
0161 980 0696 (Youth Centre), Mobile 07729 875687
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