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A vision for village hub is put forward

Westfield Park, Longhoughton.
Westfield Park, Longhoughton.

Trustees of a community venue have spoken of their ambitions to extend the centre’s activities.

The vision to develop the facilities and offerings at Westfield Park Centre, in Longhoughton, was set out at the recent AGM of the newly-named Longhoughton Community and Sports Centre Trust, formerly Longhoughton Village Development Trust.

Secretary Adrian Hinchcliffe said: “Residents can take part in regular activities at the centre, such as Slimming World, Scouts, carpet bowls, and dancing, and there is also the astro-turf pitch.

“But the trustees would like to see more activities taking place at the centre and the ambition is to see it become a thriving hub from which people derive benefit, pleasure and enjoyment and are proud of the facilities and the centre.

“The children’s play area is still well used, but needs a makeover. Discussions are taking place with Longhoughton Parish Council about the possibility of establishing a skate park or a multiple-use games area at the centre.

“The trustees have an ambitious plan for extending the activities at the centre for the benefit of all, but for this plan to work will need more people involved in managing the centre and putting on activities.”

During the AGM, the following trustees were elected for a three-year term: Andrew Crosby; Adrian Hinchcliffe (re-elected on rotation; Bridget Luke; Stephen Mills; Eleanor Phillips (re-elected on rotation); Lynsey Punton; and Tammy Reeves.

They join the existing trustees Vicki Kelly, Fiona Nelson Van Loon and Jamie Wanless.

Thanks have been given to retiring trustees Paul Kiddell, Clive Poole and Rachel Smart, as well as everyone else who has helped out at the centre.