A NEW community centre is about to open in Bedlington.
Two years ago, the Lodge, as it is called, was just a vision drawn on a serviette, but that dream will become reality on Saturday, September 24.
Lyn Horton, manager of social enterprise company Leading Link, has been working with Northumberland’s partnership of Catholic schools and her own operation’s youth ambassadors project to raise the £130,000 needed.
The Lodge is to be found at the front of St Benet Biscop Catholic High School.
Its opening day events, due to run from noon until 4pm, will feature a barbecue, singing, dancing, Zumba fitness sessions, children’s rides, a bike obstacle course, kite-making, face-painting, arts and craft stalls, raffles and tombolas.
It will also be the starting and finishing point for a 20-mile sponsored bike ride by the Simon Parker Trust.
The Lodge will play host to a variety of activities and workshop, for all ages, in subjects including art, music, gardening, drama, jewellery-making and sport.
Leading Link will also be running skills-based workshops in computing, interview techniques, numeracy, literacy and photography.
Lyn said: “It has been a long journey, and it’s hard to believe it is finally a reality.
“St Benet Biscop School is extremely outward-facing and recognises the value of linking the community and families with schools.
“It has put its whole support behind the project, which will be managed by Leading Link.
“We have talked with many partners and are really excited about what we are about to offer.”