No two days are ever the same here at the Centre. Today started with a visit from a local pest control firm, who we called out to tackle a large wasps' nest. Sorted in less than 15 minutes! Yesterday we got to grips with cutting the grass, with our new lawn mower - OK, so it's not as good as the pitch at Wembley, but everything looks a lot tidier now! And then there's the garden - we've got plans for that, and we'd love to see plenty of volunteers from the local community getting involved to help us transform the area, with flowering plants and food for free (our apples, pears, plums, redcurrants and tomatoes have been very popular this summer).
Inside, we've done some smartening up, too. All of the doors have new signs on them, the noticeboards have been brightened and updated with the latest information about forthcoming events, and our 'Flags of 100 Nations' have got people talking: how many can you identify? Our wonderful cleaner, Janet, has got the place looking really lovely. Lots of you have commented.
But, we're not done there. We've now got some new, regular tenants, with the return of the NHS Widwives; and they're welcoming plenty of mums (and dads!) to be into the Centre. Barnardos continue to run their weekly Stay and Play sessions, every Tuesday morning. Salaam Radio are broadcasting every evening. There are martial arts classes on Monday and Wednesday evenings, offering a great chance to get fit and focused! From October, we've got a number of FREE courses being offered by City College Peterborough, including 'Learn to Bake' and 'Weaving and Knitting'.
We're very excited about our new micro-library, which starts on Tuesday 9th October. Thanks to our friends at Vivacity Libraries, who are giving us the books, we can offer children and adults the chance to read here or take books home with them (don't forget to bring them back, though!) - it's all about building a love of reading, which can set you up for life. Oh, and there are our plans for a community cafe: somewhere you can drop in for a cuppa and a cake.
We're very much open for business, for all the community. So, why not drop in and take a look at what we have to offer. Become part of our community, perhaps by offering some of your time as a volunteer. This is YOUR Centre, after all. We'd love to see you.