Community News

Latest news: Welcome to Bryony, our poet in residence!

We're thrilled to be part of Peterborough's Syntax Spoken word Festival, and to have been lucky enough to have a poet-in-residence with us during November.


Bryony Littlefair is a poet and workshop facilitator living in South London. Her pamphlet Giraffe won the Mslexia Pamphlet Prize in 2017 and is out now with Seren Books. She was shortlisted for the inaugural Rebecca Swift Foundation Women Poets’ Prize in 2018 and in 2019 received the Moth Retreat Bursary Award. She is a member of the UniSlam post-emerging cohort for mid-career poets.

Bryony is working with various groups of users at the Centre, to capture ideas and get to know what makes our community tick. She will then work her ideas and observations into new poetry, which will be performed as part of the Syntax Festival at a special event at the Undercroft, Serpentine Green, on Thursday 28th November at 7pm.

For details of the Syntax Festival go to

Connect Park to feature in TV documentary series 'Jimmy's Bees'

We are delighted to have played a major part in getting TV documentary-makers, Red Sky Productions, to come to our community and work alongside Gladstone Connect and our partners, Community First, to make a series of documentaries about the decline in the number and diversity of bees in Britain. Peterborough has been chosen for a new Channel 4 programme, "Jimmy's Bees", to be presented by TV celebrity, Jimmy Doherty.

Centre Manager, Richard, and Mohammed Saeed (Community First) have been filming alongside Jimmy, as the series of programmes takes shape. Importantly, work has been carried out to help make Connect Park a more attractive space for bees, with volunteers from the local area (including schoolchildren from the Beeches Primary School) sowing of seeds and planting of wildflowers, which will offer a vibrant splash of colour and a valuable source of nectar for them to feed on.

Watch this space for further opportunities to get involved in this exciting transformation, which is also happening at other greenspaces across the city.

If you've not visited Connect Park, we'd encourage you to go and take a look. It occupies land between the rear of Gladstone Street and Bourges Boulevard, and has been transformed thanks to funding from WREN, a recycling charity, matched by money from the City Council. The Park features a playground, a trim trail, an outdoor gym, table tennis tables, and a formal garden area.

It's really beautiful, and is being well-used. But don't just take our word for it - take a look and see for yourself.


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Are you looking for a business opportunity?

Could you run a community cafe at the heart of our diverse and dynamic community?


We're looking for an entrepreneur with catering experience and appropriate qualifications to run Hobson's Cafe here at the Centre. We can offer you a modern, well-equipped kitchen in modern surroundings.


If this could be you, please get in touch for an informal chat with the Centre Manager, by calling 01733 756275 or email:

"This is such a lovely idea - a place where we can meet up with friends for a chat, and make new ones, too"   

Garden Fun Day a huge success

Our second Gardening Fun Day on Saturday 13th April was a great success, with families enjoying the opportunity to make bird and bat boxes, bug hotels, bird feeders, and seed bombs. Oh, and there was planting going on, too - plenty of dirty hands, as the children got stuck into a spot of gardening.

We're grateful to Nene Park Trust, PECT and sponsors, Subway, who provided us with healthy food options!

Our very own micro-library at the Centre

We're excited to announce that, thanks to our lovely friends at Vivacity Libraries, we have opened our very own micro-library, here at the Centre. It has books for children and adults, mostly in English but with a smaller number of dual language books in English & Urdu. It's free to use: either read books in the Centre or borrow them to read at home (bringing them back, of course!)

You don't need a library card - it'll all run on trust.

If you've got any unwanted books at home, why not donate them to us and help grow our library for the community.

Let's build a love of books and reading - it's a skill for life! We recognise that anything we can do to support our diverse community to improve literacy rates has got to be a good thing. We hope you'll want to join us in making this happen.

Popular Peterborough Matters reporter, Shariqua Ahmed, dropped in to donate some books to our library. Shariqua commented "This is such a lovely idea, bringing a library into the community and providing people with a welcoming space to read books in".

Thank you Shariqua. We really appreciate your support.

Why not try...
Your local Hydrotherapy Pool

St George's Hydrotherapy Pool, located on Dogsthorpe Road (close to the Fire Station, and next door to St George's School, Lawn Avenue), is a true community facility. It's available for you, Mon-Sat, and you can self-refer (you don't need your doctor to refer you there).

If you wish to find out more or to make a booking, see the details (left).

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