Special showcase for groups that make Hucknall tick

WALKING TALL -- Mr Spencer (left) with members of Hucknall's Taking Steps walking-for-health group. They are: (from left) Sandy Singleton, Brian Harby, Sue Gilliatt, chairman Sheila Dixon and Vivien Ackroyd -- DISPIC NHUD12-0588-3.
WALKING TALL -- Mr Spencer (left) with members of Hucknall's Taking Steps walking-for-health group. They are: (from left) Sandy Singleton, Brian Harby, Sue Gilliatt, chairman Sheila Dixon and Vivien Ackroyd -- DISPIC NHUD12-0588-3.

THE BONDS of community spirit and volunteering were galvanised during a Heart Of Hucknall showcase event.

The initiative was the brainchild of the town’s Conservative MP, Mark Spencer.

Thirty local groups and charities were given a platform at the John Godber Centre on Ogle Street.

As well as being given the chance to network with peers and find out about access to funding, the groups took the chance to tout for new members.

And residents from Hucknall and further afield were invited along to find out about how they can become involved in projects for the good of the community.

Mr Spencer launched the showcase with a small speech welcoming everyone.

Also on hand was Hucknall’s former Labour MP, Paddy Tipping, in his capacity with the Nottinghamshire Community Foundation (NCF) — a Christian charity that distributes grant-aid.

Mr Spencer hailed the day a success.

He said: “I thought it was really good. There was a lot of positive feedback. It was worth doing and we have already been asked to put on something similar next year.

“There was a steady flow of visitors and we gave flyers out on High Street.

“The idea was to give a bit of a leg-up to those working in the voluntary sector. I’m struggling to think of a downside.”

The showcase followed up a Heart Of Hucknall scheme launched by Mr Spencer last year to promote Hucknall’s small, independent shops.

Among the organisations who took part last weekend were Hucknall Flower Arranging Group, the Taking Steps walk-to-health organisation, Leenside (Hucknall) Women’s Institute, Linby-based Notts County Ladies Football Club, Hucknall Tourism and Regeneration Group, Hucknall Men’s Probus club, Rolls-Royce Leisure Junior Football Club, Scout and Brownie packs and the SureStart Market Place children’s centre in Hucknall.

Jim Radburn, chairman of the Carers In Hucknall organisation, said: “It was a good day and brought a lot of people together.

“Volunteering is crucial in today’s world, and events like this are crucial in bringing it into the spotlight.”