Portsmouth community centre hosts open day

The Stacey Community Centre in Walsall Road Copnor Portsmouth held a summer fete on Saturday. From left, Doug' Douglas (68) and Alan allcock (82)  (150711-6639)
The Stacey Community Centre in Walsall Road Copnor Portsmouth held a summer fete on Saturday. From left, Doug' Douglas (68) and Alan allcock (82) (150711-6639)
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DOZENS of people enjoyed the sunshine at an orchard open to the public in Portsmouth.

The Stacey Community Orchard, in Walsall Road, Copnor, hosted a summer fun day for families on Saturday.

Accounts manager at The Stacey Centre Kerry Smith (30) with centre manager Teresa Newton

Accounts manager at The Stacey Centre Kerry Smith (30) with centre manager Teresa Newton

Teresa Newton, manager at the community centre, said the it wanted to attract more people to its activities.

She said: ‘There’s always loads to do, it’s really just getting the local community involved, getting them to see the centre and see what it’s about.’

Youngsters enjoyed a quiz trail outside, with plenty of stalls inside the centre itself too.

Ali Al-Mirza, six, was with her mother Aisha Al-Mirza, 25, at the event.

From left, Becki Warner (35), Barbara Wyncoll (66) and Tracey Jones (48)   (150711-6673)

From left, Becki Warner (35), Barbara Wyncoll (66) and Tracey Jones (48) (150711-6673)

Ali, who attends Mayville High School, said: ‘We went on a treasure hunt.

‘I made a garden, I put soil in and then put some grass seeds in and some stones and a duck pond.’

There were gardening activities, football coaching, a skittle alley and music, along with a barbecue.

Councillor Darren Sanders, a ward member for Baffins, was there volunteering with fellow Liberal Democrat councillor Lynne Stagg.

He said: ‘The Stacey Centre is a fantastic facility for this bit of Baffins.

‘It’s great to be able to help out at a great community event like this.’

The centre is set to gain a nursery, called Baffins Nature Nursery, later this year in September.