Excellent news just received from the volunteers at the centre, which now has power:
Got myself into trouble recently when I was asked if I could do anything about the Layden Community Centre. Its lease is held by http://www.ablefelixstowe.org/. Easy, I said to myself. Some time ago I was friends with the Chair of this organisation, although I’d not sen her recently, but I hoped to have a quiet chat. I sent her an email, and also one to a local Councillor who was involved.
The volunteers at Laydens had worked hard, and now had a successful centre, well-used by local people. Half the building was taken by a well-equipped kitchen. Some improvements were still necessary but it had a food hygiene certificate, and hoped to serve hot food, especially to the poor and vulnerable.
ABLE Felixstowe had stopped that idea, saying they needed a 5-Star food hygiene award first.
It was a bit of a shock when I was told off for trying to telephone the Chair of ABLE. I then saw the local Councillor who told me that they were sorting it out. This is a situation that’s been brewing for about three years. Something had to be done, at least some explanations should have been forthcoming. Suddenly there would be action.
We now wait to see if the Layden community group can make some hot soup and sandwiches, and to help themselves. Being told by the Councillor that ABLE didn’t need any help as it was being sorted made me very angry. So much so that I was asked to leave my favourite bread shop for making so much noise.
It reminded me of a recording I made some time ago – when we were planning the Big Society (do you remember that?). I looked at that word community.