Members of the Beccles community have enjoyed a day of free activities organised especially for local residents.
Organised by the East Suffolk Communities Team in partnership with East Suffolk Council’s Tenant Services, Beccles Free School, Beccles Town Council, Moore Music Roadshow, Beccles and District Lions Club, Sentinel Leisure Trust and the Beccles Parish churches, the Rigbourne Hill Community Day took place on Saturday 3 August at Beccles Free School on Castle Hill.
Running between 11am and 3pm, there were a range of free activities available for all ages to enjoy including a climbing wall, inflatable football pitch provided by Sentinel Leisure Trust, multi- sports activities delivered by Suffolk Positive Futures Catch22, skateboarding from ABC Skateboarding, boxing with Ultimate Boxing, circus skills provided by Thirst Youth Café and arts and crafts activities with St Luke’s Church.
Information was also available on local services, including housing advice from the Council’s housing officers, safety advice from Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service and Suffolk Police and health and wellbeing support from various projects running in the local community. Local singer Jack Ollett also performed throughout the day. A raffle was held with prizes kindly donated by local businesses, with proceeds going towards supporting the local community in the future.
Cllr Letitia Smith, East Suffolk’s Cabinet Member for Communities, Leisure and Tourism said:
“It was wonderful to see these activities so well attended and we have received lots of positive comments praising the event. It would not have been possible without the support of local organisations and businesses who kindly gave their time to ensure this event was a success.”
At the event, a consultation was held to identify local issues and concerns, as well as talking about the many positive things offered in the local area. Residents were able to share their views on how to make positive changes in the future. The East Suffolk Communities Team will now work with residents and local services to address this feedback.
Beccles Town and East Suffolk ward councillors Caroline Topping and Elfrede Bramley-Crawshaw were present at the event, along with Beccles Mayor Andrea Downes.
For more information about the Communities Team, please visit the East Suffolk Communities Facebook page.