Hiltingbury Community Association (HCA) is run by the community for the community. Plans have been approved for a community building, but it will take time to secure the necessary funding and build it. In the meantime we have decided to launch a social programme. There will be no membership fee for the first year, as we have managed to obtain a funding for part of the programme from the lottery fund "Awards for All". Subscription to the regular events bulletin will be £3, to cover costs, for the year April 2005- March 2006.
To request a subscription form for the full bi-monthly bulletin until March 2006 tel 8090 8862 and leave your name and address or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The committee can help by giving members of the community opportunities to meet up from time to time and by coordinating and advertising community activities local people wish to organize. This bulletin comprises a list of events in and around Hiltingbury during August and September 2005. Some are arranged by the HCA, whilst others are public events which might be of interest to those in Hiltingbury.
The "Basement" is now available for community use from Friday 4pm - Sunday evening. It isn't really a basement at all. It has a large hall, big enough to play five a size football, a good sized kitchen and an open plan area with small tables and benches suitable for card/board games or food, and a comfortable seating area. There's a grassed area outside. If you wish to hire the Basement at the weekend then contact Chris on 8090 8862. Priority will be given to people living in Chandler's Ford, as we wish to focus on building a community. Those from outside Chandler's Ford may be able to hire it but charges will be higher and a larger deposit will be required. Please remember that we need to respect the fact that this is primarily a youth centre and leave it as we found it, and that it is near to residential property.
Thanks to collaboration with Hiltingbury scouts and a change in the lease, we are also now likely to be holding some events and activities in the scout building on the rec. from September.
You may have noticed that work started on 25th July to upgrade the pavilion and improve the access roads. This is due to last twelve weeks, although most of the external work will be completed before the schools re-open. There will be access to the recreation ground and buildings throughout this period. We look forward the improvements this will bring and expect that rather more activities will be organized in and around the rec. once the work is finished.
With so much building going on in the summer, activities in and around Hiltingbury rec will not be fully operational until the Autumn. We have been holding discussions regarding possible guitar classes, keep fit and art workshops and a digital photo editing club. We have also applied for money from the lottery's Home Front Recall programme to record memories of people in Britain during the Second World War and to celebrate 60 years of peace in Britain. If successful we plan to hold a number of events, including a quite spectacular party on Thursday 1st December.
Update: We were awarded a grant of £19,700.
Despite the building work going on at the rec there are still activities in which you can get involved. The computer centre at the Hexagon is now available exclusively for HCA on a Thursday afternoon, although you can still book to go along other afternoons to get help to start using the internet (free) or to register for (subsidized) courses. I