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Community Centre coffers boosted
Report by Martin Ferdinando
A note of thanks to all the residents of Brookmans Park and Welham Green who recently helped raise more than £1000 for the upkeep of the North Mymms Youth and Community Centre, writes Martin Ferdinando.
Donations were received from villagers, many of whom also then attended the Jumble Sale on Saturday 5th January.
Also, a number of villagers delivered publicity leaflets to every house and then assisted with sorting and selling the assorted items as well as clearing up afterwards, which was achieved in record time! Unsold clothing was collected by the mental health charity Scope.
Proceeds from the sale are used to maintain the centre. It is run as a registered charity by a voluntary committee of residents and provides a superb venue for a whole host of activities, (see the 'youth' section of this site). Primarily funded by donations and letting fees, the Centre holds two sales each year; the next is scheduled for 7th September.
The Centre is still looking for new volunteers to take on the task of renewing the lease on the site, due to expire in 2003 and join its management committee. Also the present committee are keen to help re-establish youth provision in the district, working alongside Hertfordshire County Council's Youth Service.
Traditionally, the Centre has been the base for youth activities for more than 20 years, but behaviour problems and staffing difficulties have curtailed this during 2001. Already, some new faces have come forward and it is hoped some of the key tasks will be taken on by the newcomers. However, if you or you know of someone who would like to get involved in community activities, contact youth for further details.
Also, a date for quiz fans. There will be another fun quiz night at the Centre on 23rd March. Teams of up to 8 people are welcome, further details also available from the e-mail address above.
Finally, sadly incidents of fly tipping have continued a pace over the festive season, with building rubble and tree fellings, a car burnt out and dumped and even a divan bed being left in the car park and adjacent stream.
Visitors to the Centre or nearby recycling centre, parents attending the football matches on the Centre's football pitch or those exercising dogs or using the footpath that runs through the centre's land are again requested to report to the Police any suspicious persons or vehicles seen in the area.
The Police will prosecute those responsible, but they need evidence. You may help to rid your village of this menace. Please keep a lookout.
January 13, 2002