VIDEO: Christmas fair helps ‘spread the word’

GROUPS who use Southwick Community Centre gathered at the Christmas fair in a bid to spread the word to more people.

Southwick Community Association has been holding the fair for the last few years, having combined it with the annual open day to show what goes on at the centre in Southwick Street.

D14481143a Performers from Southwick Players' Dick Whittington

D14481143a Performers from Southwick Players' Dick Whittington

Maxine Coomber, from the Individual Members Section, explained: “It’s amazing how many people who live in the area don’t know about the centre and what goes on here.

“It is hoped that we have had some new people through the doors who may get involved in the centre or a group that meets here.

“The centre was one of the first in the country after the Second World War and has been run by volunteers ever since.”

The fair on Saturday was well attended, with funds raised towards further improvements at the centre following the foyer upgrade.

D14481152a Kate Armes with Christmas goods on offer

D14481152a Kate Armes with Christmas goods on offer

Maxine added: “There was a wide variety of stalls, enabling affiliated groups to explain to people what they actually do. Many of the groups have been at the centre for years.”

Among the performances was a musical interlude by Southwick Players, featuring King Rat and his ‘rat pack’ from Dick Whittington, which will be performed at the Barn Theatre, part of the centre complex, in January.