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The Fordingbridge & District Community Association is a charitable organisation which manages and maintains the Avonway Community Centre where there are a range of rooms used by more than 40 community groups and charities where everyone can learn, have fun, meet new people and keep fit.
The Centre hosts two luncheon clubs for older residents, runs a youth club for 8-13 year olds, and publishes The Gate, a local interest magazine. It owns and operates the Fordingbridge Community Minibus; acts as the Prepared Rest Centre in case of a local emergency and houses both the independently run Stepping Stone Preschool and the British Red Cross Fordingbridge Mobility Aids Facility.
Christmas in Fordingbridge
This year for the first time Avonway was open as part of the Christmas in Fordingbridge celebrations. We were delighted by the number of people who made the trek down Shaftesbury Street to enjoy a display by the Fordingbridge Dance Studios and a free show by comedy band JunNk, which was so popular that it was standing room only - both inside and outside the Greenwich Suite. In addition there were activities for the very young provided by Stepping Stones Preschool, a Teenage Market offering a variety of goods from fudge to jewellery, cards and fancy candles, while the Country Market had it usual selection of baked goods and flowering houseplants for sale. Nigel Davis from the kiosk in the recreation ground was there with his rapidly becoming famous pies, while the kitchen was providing pizza, the Avonway bar was open and the scent of mulled wine permeated the building. We hope there were visitors among them who didn't know us before and will now come back to enjoy all that we have to offer.
Have you joined/renewed your membership of... The Friends of Avonway and the Avonway 100 club? Being a Friend of Avonway keeps you up-to-date via regular copies of the Avonway News Bulletin and gives you a chance to have your say about what happens in the Community Centre for just £6 a year. The Avonway 100 club costs £12 for 12 chances to win a £25, £10 or £5 return. Next time you are at Avonway in the morning, why don't you pop into the office and join both?