Hucknall groups showcase their skills and activities

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HUCKNALL’S John Godber Centre hosted a community event to enable various groups to reach-out to residents.

The Heart of Hucknall event was held at the Ogle Street centre as a way of bringing many different organisations, groups and volunteers together all under one roof to enlist extra members and raise awareness of their activities.

Sherwood MP Mark Spencer initiated the idea and it is the second year it has taken place with centre manager Kim Pears helping to organise the day.

“I originally came up with the idea as a way for groups to not only network with each other but to engage with the public,” explained Mr Spencer.

“It’s mind-blowing what goes on in Hucknall and I’m really proud that this event allows me to shine a light on the good that the people of the town do and to thank them for their hard work and community contribution.”

Kim said she was pleased with the turn-out on the day and the range of groups who made themselves available.

“We had members of the Lovelace Theatre Group, Rotary Club, Boys Brigade, Hucknall Flower Arrangers and many more as a way of reaching people in one event.

“It was the chance for residents in our community to see what opportunities there are to volunteer and get involved and stay active.”

There were flower arranging demonstrations as well as a discussion and debate prompted by farmer and MP Mark Spencer talking about the journey of meat from the field to the fork.

“It certainly sparked a debate on the day and is especially relevant in light of the horsemeat scandal,” added Kim. “It also raised the issues about shopping locally against the supermarket.

“It was a successful day and one we hope to repeat next year.”

The same day saw the centre celebrate St George’s Day with a party which was also well supported.