Churton Park to Celebrate New Community Hub

14 June 2013

Churton Park residents will have cause to celebrate on Saturday 22 June when their new community centre is officially opened.

Churton Park Community Centre.

Churton Park Community Centre

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Mayor Celia Wade-Brown, who will cut a giant community cake at 12.30pm to mark the event, says the opening marks another milestone in the transformation of Churton Park.

“In the last two years the Council and developers have joined to transform Churton Park from a suburb with two shops to a well-connected community,” she says.

“The community centre is the latest in a series of partnerships; the Amesbury School Hall, Westchester Drive and the Town Centre have shown that Churton Park is certainly alive and well.”

Councillor Justin Lester, Community Facilities Portfolio Leader, says the afternoon will be a fitting celebration for the long-awaited purpose-built community centre - located in the heart of Churton Park Village.

"Churton Park residents have waited a long time for their community centre so the opening will be an opportunity to check out the wonderful new centre and learn more about the great activities on offer - not to mention rewarding their patience with an afternoon tea served by the generous members of the Churton Park Anglican Church."

Running from 12.30pm - 4.30pm, there’ll be a range of free ‘tasters’ on offer including Pilates and yoga lessons, a Toddlers in Tutus session for budding young ballerinas and a play session for under-5s run by Playsense Playgroup.

There’ll also be live music and dance with the barbershop styling of the Capital Harmony Chorus, kapa haka and choir performances by Churton Park School, a show by the Churton Park Anglican Church Youth Band, and beats pumping throughout the day from local DJ Ashfonic.

The centre was built by developers as part of the new Churton Park Village and is leased by the City Council. It will be a hub for the community, hosting a range of events and classes.

Churton Park Community Centre Coordinator, Beckie Duffy, says the centre features a large meeting room suitable for a range of purposes. “It’ll cater for physical activity-based classes, conferences and social gatherings - with seating for up to 80 for meetings and a capacity of 40 for physical activities.

“There’s also the drop-in lounge that has couch seating and a boardroom table with 14 chairs, which can be booked for smaller meetings and gatherings,” adds Beckie.

For a full list of the ongoing activities and events on offer at the new community centre, go to:

Churton Park Community Centre