It’s been a while so I thought it was about time to give you all another update on how the KJC is coming along and celebrate our first 6 months running the centre within the community – Yes it’s already been 6 months!
We’ve been hard at work improving the centre to create a better environments for you to use. The biggest job so far has been to convert the old gym into a ‘studio’. We put down a new floor, painted the walls in a paler blue and placed a floor-to-ceiling mirror down the whole length of the back wall. I hope you agree this creates an excellent new room to be used by various groups or individuals from yoga, Pilates to dance to anything you see fit.
If you want to use this room, please go to our website or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks to Ian Wu’s Table Tennis club, we now have a dividing curtain installed which allows the hall to be split in two, supporting two groups using the hall at the same time, or just allowing both badminton courts to be used without interfering with each other.
We have also purchase new soft play equipment which is available to the kid clubs (Playbuddies and Bounce and Play) as well as for parties.
The above is just the start… the biggest job we’re gearing up to by far is a new roof. As many are all too aware, the existing roof keeps leaking and needs regular repair which we’re trying to stay on top of. So we’ve gathered the quotes, selected a supplier and planning to replace the roof in August 2017 (since this is our quietest month). All we need to do now is pay for it… our target is £50,000!!
We’ve reached out to various funds including National Lottery/Sport England (unfortunately this one has failed), Greenham Common, Community First, The Bernard Sunley Foundation.
Greenham Common has already approved match funding (£1 for every £1 raised up to £20,000) which is a massive boost. For us to make use of this, funds need to be donated here:
The Parish Council has been very generous to kickstart this funding with an initial £5,000 with potential to consider further funding next year.
Please let me know if you have any further suggestions on how to help raise these funds.
- In addition to the new roof, other things we’re looking at investing in are:
- Refresh the creche with new flooring, shelving and potentially newly painted walls;
- New larger notice board positioned more centrally next to the speed hump crossing to support all clubs in the KJC and the wider Gladstone Memorial Recreational Ground community;
- Updating the CCTV locations to provide better coverage and safefty around the centre and Gladstone Memorial Recreational Ground;
- New signage on the building facing the road advertising not just the KJC but also all the other clubs which are part of the Gladstone Memorial Recreational Ground
Over the summer there we’ve welcomed in a few new clubs. So, as well as the regulars of Badminton, Rugbytots, Table tennis and Little Pumas, we have:
Hoola Hoop classes which has been running and we hope will continue if it has enough support.
Circus Skills Club which runs on a Sundays between 18:00 and 19:00.
For more information on fitness classes and clubs, go to:
Room for the Public
Also, just a reminder that the centre is OPEN TO THE PUBLIC to be used in which ever way you see fit. You can book the following by going to http://www.kintburyjubileecentre.co.uk/make-a-booking/
Badminton – We have all the equipment for you to use
Table Tennis – We have 3 tables, bats and balls
Parties – We have a bouncy castle, soft-play, tables and chairs
Studio (as shown above).
For regular bookings, please email email@example.com
Let’s meet again!
We’re planning on holding another Village Meeting down at the Dundas on Wednesday 16th November at 8pm. The aim is to provide an overview of what we’ve done so far and give you all an opportunity to provide your feedback, let us know what is good or bad, and what we need to focus on moving forward.
Remember, this is a community centre ‘run by the community for the community’ so we want to hear from you.
Thanks again for all your support!