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Community campaigns to stop sale of iconic club

The iconic mural at the Central Club Credit: ITV Meridian

Community groups in Reading have expressed their disappointment at plans by the council to put the iconic Central Club up for sale.

The building in London Street, which is well known for its Black History mural, has been empty for more than a decade and needs hundreds of thousands of pounds spent on repairs.

The council says it needs to get the best value for it but voluntary organisations argue they should be given the chance to take it on.

As Mel Bloor reports.

Mel spoke to Mary Genis from CultureMix Arts & Music and Cllr Rob White from Reading Borough Council, Green.

Communities to get money to celebrate Queen's birthday

The grants are for £250 Credit: Chris Radburn/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Grants of £250 are being given out to residents in Chichester to help them celebrate the Queen's 90th birthday.

The cash - being made available to parish councils across Chichester District - will be used by the community to organise events like street parties, or to help support events already taking place.

The Queen's 90th birthday on 12 June is a real national milestone and we want to help communities across our district to celebrate this occasion. Events like these really help to bring people of all ages together in our communities and it would be wonderful to see events taking place throughout the district. I hope as many parish councils as possible apply for one of the grants."

– Councillor Eileen Lintill, Cabinet Member for Community Services, Chichester District Council


New mosaics by 'immigration street' community

Residents and members of community groups in and around Derby Road in Southampton hope a new arts project will banish the bad memories of the TV programme Immigration Street. The Channel 4 series was cut short when locals protested it misrepresented their community. A new series of mosaics is intended to celebrate the diverse neighbourhood.

Easter Passion Play features a diverse cast from Poole

The Easter story is being played out in dramatic style in Poole.

The town's Passion Play has become hugely popular and features a diverse cast, drawn from across the community.

Amateur and professional actors are performing alongside people who have been homeless or recovered from addiction.

We spoke to Sharon Muiuri, the artistic director.

New Forest unveil community involvement

The New Forest National Park Authority has set out how it involves the local community in its work.

The New Forest has released a new 'Statement of Community Involvement' which sets out how people can get involved in the Authority's work.

A wide range of methods are already used to involve and update local people and groups in the New Forest, these include: regular liaison meetings with all town and parish councils within the National Park, using social media, and through eight Local Information Points across the New Forest.

The document encourages people to sign up to our regular email newsletter, which provides free monthly updates on events, projects and consultations. You can also see any consultations currently being run on our website."

– David Illsley, Policy Manager

Eyesore turned into a community garden by residents

The land at the back of their council flats was an eyesore. Overgrown, attracting fly tippers and vandals. Today, it is a community garden where children play and families grow vegetables.

The transformation was the idea of one resident with a love of gardening who persuaded the council to provide practical and financial help. It has been so successful that people in other parts of Southampton have been inspired to tackle their own derelict areas.

Kerry Swain has been following their project since the beginning and has this special report.


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