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Delight as struggling Walsall centre scoops £10,000 jubilee Lotto grant

A community centre will be celebrating the Queen's Platinum Jubilee in style after being awarded a lottery boost.

Yvonne Vassell, of Walsall Community Centre, celebrates the £10,000 National Lottery Awards for All grant
Yvonne Vassell, of Walsall Community Centre, celebrates the £10,000 National Lottery Awards for All grant

Walsall Community Association has successfully attracted £10,000 from National Lottery Awards for All to host a jubilee celebration and community lunch to mark the monarch's 70 years on the throne.

The event, which aims to encourage residents from different cultures and generations to celebrate together, will take place on June 4 from midday.

Association chairperson Yvonne Vassell said: "We're delighted to be able to push the boat out and celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. Everyone love's a party and her 70th year on the throne is certainly something to celebrate.

"We're going to have a lot of fun on June 4 and we're hoping residents from different cultures and all walks of life from the community will come in and celebrate with us and learn about what activities are run at the centre.

"Like many other community groups and centres it's a case of having to rebuild the programme after the coronavirus lockdowns. Currently about 15 people have been coming in on Wednesdays to meet up with friends have a chat and have lunch.

"We have lost about 10 regulars to Covid-19 and other illnesses during the pandemic years and some were quite elderly. We are inviting other people to take advantage of our weekly luncheon club. There is also an exercise class, exchange outings to other groups.

"We're not able to deliver meals at the moment, but food can be ordered and collected by relatives."

The celebration will feature lunch and activities in the community garden in the grounds, in Wolverhampton Road, Birchills. The entertainment will include live music, steel pan band, DJs, a film presentation about the Queen's work, face painting and inflatables.

The centre is open Mondays, Tuesdays, and Fridays, from 10am-2pm, and Wednesdays, from 11am-4pm for drop-in callers. Activities include dominos and bingo.

The facility is available from room bookings and has a bar.

Despite the pandemic setback and suffering a burglary where £300 cash was stolen and £2,300 caused two months ago, the management committee is confident of a turnaround in fortunes.

More details are available on 01922 615179 and accawalsall.com

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