December 9, 2006
Active Learning Centre is opened in Burnham-On-Sea
brand new Active Living Centre for people aged over 50 was opened
in Burnham-On-Sea on Friday December 8th by the town's Mayor.
facility, overseen by Somerset County Council and Age Concern,
was opened at Burnham Community Centre by Cllr Eric Gill.
is only the second Active Living Centre to open in Sedgemoor and
is aimed at giving over 50s the power to arrange the services
and events they would like to have.
centre has been enthusiastically welcomed by residents and has
already received strong support with 20 people turning up to share
their ideas at a recent planning meeting.
aged 50 and over were invited to put forward their suggestions
for the new centre, which will be formally opened on the first
Friday of every month from 5th January 2007.
centre aims to provide regular activities, advice, learning opportunities
and events to promote active living and improve well-being to
people in Burnham aged 50 and over.
50 Active Living Centres are being established across the county
between now and 2008, operating locally from suitable venues on
a drop-in basis. Local communities will lead the development of
Active Living Centres, with support from the Partnerships for
Older People Project (POPP).
Ken Hindle, Chairman of the Burnham Community Centre Committee,
added: "This is a joint venture with Somerset Partnerships
for Older People Project, Burnham University of the Third Age
and the Community Centre. Our aim is to help everyone to be happy,
healthy and active."
Councillor Mike Facey, who represents Burnham North, said: "I
welcome the opening of this new centre. As it is on the coast,
Burnham lends itself very well to healthy living and the location
of the centre is superb. I am really pleased that there is something
new for the over-50s and I intend to go along myself!"
photos show Gilli Kenyon-Gill talking to Eileen Bower and Barbara
Stone as they sign the visitors' sheet; Ken Hindle addresses the
gathering; Some of the involved visitors watch on; Town Mayor
Eric Gill cuts the cake; Sue Bulter (Age Concern), Eric Gill,
Ken Hindle, and Gilli Kenyon-Gill.
New over 50s
centre to open in Burnham