I was invited along to the launch of Springwood Community Centre’s newest venture – Orchids on Friday 24th April. Three of the centre’s volunteers; Jennifer, Amy and Sue have put their collective heads together and have created Waterlooville’s “Meet & Eat” event for people of all ages. Essentially they have created a ‘pop up’ place to eat, chat and get to know people living in and around the area for 3 times a week, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday. Orchids is also open one Sunday per month.
You can buy a two course meal (all home-cooked by the aforementioned, talented ladies) for just under £4 with unlimited amounts of tea, coffee, or fruit juice. The sports hall is transformed into relaxing and pleasant surroundings; plants and cakes are also available to buy. The ladies’ attention to detail is second to none and their commitment to this new project certainly shines through.
I remember going to Springwood Community Centre 30 years ago for the occasional disco and since then have rarely been back. Returning to Springwood Community Centre was fascinating and I was pleasantly impressed by the commitment and work that has been put into running this community asset.
Amazingly, Orchids has only been an idea since 1st April – so in just 24 days they held the grand opening. Canapés and a glass of bubbly were on offer for the inaugural event and this début certainly drew in the crowds.
The Springwood Community Centre is situated in Springwood Avenue, off Frendstaple Road, opposite Springwood Junior School. Full details can be found on their website.
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