Events this weekend to mark opening of Elsea Park community centre

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A SERIES of events will be held in Bourne to mark the opening of the new community centre on the Elsea Park estate.

The £750,000 community centre, which is called the Centre @ Elsea Park was handed over to the residents on the Elsea Park Community Trust by developer Kier Homes in April.

Hundreds of residents are expected at events, which will run on Saturday and Sunday.

The weekend will start at 11am on Saturday with an opening ceremony. A ribbon will be cut by the winner of a poster completion 10-year-old Amy Taylor. The opening will be accompanied by singing from the local choir A Handful of Harmonies.

During the afternoon there will be a family fun day, including the opening of the play areas, a clown, face painting, an inflatable assault course, a barbecue, bar and refreshments. Live music will be provided by up-and-coming indie band The Conspiracy Club and diverse musical entertainment from Shades and Mohawk.

There will be stalls displaying all the activities, which will be held in the centre and local charities.

Elsea Park Community Trust will be displaying photos of their work across Elsea Park. Trust staff will also be seeking views of residents on future community use of the centre.

There will also be a chance to learn from Lark Energy how the new solar PV installation will reduce electricity bills at the Centre as well as providing an income to the Trust.

On Saturday evening residents have organised a barn dance and hog roast with the Dennis Cuddles Band.

On Sunday, there will be cheese and wine and musical accompaniment will be provided by a flautist and violinist, Emily Chapman and Zoe Smith.

Bourne Motor Racing Club will have racing cars on show and will be previewing the BRM event to be held in Bourne in October, as well as talking about the history of motor racing in the town.

Taster sessions will also be held featuring dance, tai chi, kick boxing, Zumba, pilates and yoga.

Facilities at the centre will be available to hire from Wednesday, June 6.