Fundraising events boost coffers at Acacia Centre

Acacia Centre
Acacia Centre

A summer fair was held at the Acacia Community Centre in Annesley on Saturday to raise cash for the facility.

The annual event, which ran from 11am to 4pm, brought together a wide range of groups and businesses that put out stalls and displays.

There were raffles, Tombola and a bouncy castle for children, while a soundtrack of music and chat was laid on by volunteers from the station’s very own radio station.

Centre manager Peter Clarke said: “We run fairs at Summer, Easter and Christmas - they’re something for the community to enjoy and they raise funds for the centre. It also promotes what we’re doing and lets people know about the courses we offer.

“Around 30,000 people listen to shows broadcast and this Sunday we are running Wax n Wheels event, which is a meeting of vintage and custom cars.”

Coun John Wilmott, portfolio holder for Community and Partnerships on Ashfield Dictrict Council (ADC), attended the fair and helped draw the raffle.

He said: “It was a very good day and there was a fair turnout. A bouncy castle was provided for the children and a nice day was enjoyed by all.

“The centre is a little bit off the beaten track and needs publicising.

“It’s a very well utilised place with a lots of deserving organisations. Acacia Radio broadcast throughout the day. While we were there they were chatting merrily in the background and putting on requests.”

Attendees included Annesley All Saints Church, Acacia Radio, Sally’s Sweetie Treats, Michelle Minkley’s Candles, Hucknall Tourism and Regeneration Group, and Ashfield House.

The centre was opened in 2010 as a modern purpose-built community hub. It offers everything from computer training, street dance for young people and tea dances, a café, exercise classes, as well as a weekly lunch club, a Saturday gym classes and open mic nights for local artists.

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