Barnstaple activities hub booms

THERE is a new lease of life and all kinds of services and activities on offer at the community building which serves Forches, Whiddon Valley, Frankmarsh, Yeo Valley and the Gorwell areas of Barnstaple. The Community Centre at Barton Road in Whiddon Valle

THERE is a new lease of life and all kinds of services and activities on offer at the community building which serves Forches, Whiddon Valley, Frankmarsh, Yeo Valley and the Gorwell areas of Barnstaple.

The Community Centre at Barton Road in Whiddon Valley is run by the Forches Community Association which, following a �300,000 Lottery grant last year has created a range of classes, courses and events for all ages.

These include a free Money Matters advice course, an internet caf� drop in, computer training, housing advice, an over-55s club, a thriving youth club and leisure activities such as dance and martial arts.

Project manager Aaron Streat is one of three full time staff plus several volunteers who are working to make the centre a real hub for the community.


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"The centre is well used," said Aaron. "But it could be used even more - not just the building but the help and knowledge of the staff here too."

For more information on any of the events, suggest ideas or find out more about the centre, call Forches Community Association on (01271) 372396 or email forchescommunity@btconnect.com

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