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- Family Fun Afternoon planned for Saturday, July 19th !
A FREE Family Fun afternoon is planned to promote the local social enterprise, The Saxmundham & District Community Interest Company (SADCIC) and their Fromus Centre - the community hub for Saxmundham.
The afternoon fastivities will run from 12.30pm until 3.30pm - both outside and inside the Fromus Centre - and are particularly aimed at young families and older residents, but all are welcome!
This music and dance entertainment will form an integral part of the Sax Music Festival, organised by the Brook Farm Residents Association. with SADCIC as a main sponsor.
Members of the Pretty Grim Border Morris in action
Outside on the Fromus Centre green, SADCIC have booked 3 teams of Morris Dancers - Pretty Grim Border Morris, Danegeld and Milkmaid Molly - a traditional Punch & Judy show and a BBQ, run by the Saxmundham & District Rotary Club.
Inside there will be some live music in a pop-up cafe which will be serving beer, wine, teas and coffee, cakes and ice-cream, as well as filled rolls (bacon, cheese & tuna) and light lunches (baked potatoes with toppings, pizzas and quiche Lorraine). Funds raised on the day will go to support the activities of the local social enterprise, PASTEL Community Interest Company.
Toilets will be availabe in the Fromus Centre, with nappy changing facility. There is disable access into the building, as well as disabled toilets.
Parking on site will be limited to vehicles for those providing the entertainment and services on the day. General parking will be available at the Saxmundham Free School a hundred yards or so, further up the road.
(Other musical events, managed by the Brook Farm Residents Association will take place, on Saxmundham Town Council's Memorial Field, only two minutes walk from the Fromus Centre. Earlier in the day there will be music workshops for the youth of the town but, from 4pm until 10pm, there will be visiting bands culminating in a showcase finale featuring the Beach Boys national UK tribute band.
- The Saxmundham & District Community Interest Company (SADCIC) and Suffolk County Council sign Memorandum of Understanding
Councillor Beccy Hopfensperger with Don Tricker on a visit to the Fromus Centre in Saxmundham to review progress and discuss future plans.
Suffolk’s localities leader has visited a Saxmundham social centre to discuss future plans for the building. Councillor Beccy Hopfensperger from Suffolk County Council visited the Fromus Centre to also review progress. The building was formerly the Saxmundham Community Resource Unit, and was taken over by volunteer directors at Saxmundham and District Community Interest Company (SADCIC) two years ago.
Ms Hopfensperger looks over the council’s “Our Place” programme, which supports local community groups in determining and managing local services for themselves.
Ms Hopfensperger said: “I’m truly impressed with what has taken place with this building, through the concerted efforts of just a handful of dedicated local volunteers. This is a shining example of what can be achieved with the new “Our Place” approach by Suffolk County Council.
As a result, Suffolk County Council has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with SADCIC - as a declaration of intent that we will work closely with them to help realise our joint aspirations for even more exciting developments on this site.”
Don Tricker, SADCIC Chairman said: “SADCIC are now looking to work with Suffolk County Council to develop the whole site, which would include the design and building of a new purpose built Fromus Centre. SADCIC would need to raise the necessary funding for this venture but we appreciate Suffolk County Council’s gesture in signing the MOU to support us with this ambitious vision.”
report and photo, courtesy of Archant
The original article appeared in the East Anglian Daily Times (15/2/14)
Nov.17th Sunday Brunch Fundraising Event
On Sunday November 17th, between 11am and 2pm, PASTEL will be hosting a Sunday Brunch fundraising event, at the Fromus Centre, Saxmundham. Visitors will be able to drop in, relax with the Sunday papers, chill out with live ambient music from TALC (Tannoys for Lost Children) and savour special hot dogs and premium burgers accompanied by soup, coffee, tea, soft drinks and cakes.
There will also be an XBox Tenpin Bowling Competition and Grand Raffle with many prizes.
The event is being held to raise funds for PASTEL who have been actively supporting vulnerable and disadvantaged people - living in rural East Suffolk - with personal development and social activities, since 2005. PASTEL is a social enterprise, founded by parent / carers and managed by volunteers. For more information on PASTEL, click here.
- SADCIC completes the Fromus Centre Rebranding & Refurbishment Programme
Here is a summary of these major improvements:
- Created new identity - the Fromus Centre (formerly known as the Saxmundham Resource Centre)
- Established new pricing / booking procedure and Terms & Conditions
- Established new external / building signage
- Changed access / security to building / rooms + cleared out rubbish!
- Selected new service providers – local / cheaper
- Cleared historic blocked drains under building
- Worked with volunteer Alde Valley School student to create Fromus Centre website
- Purchased online booking system (accessed via website)
- Redecorated main hall + 3 meeting rooms + entrance area + corridor
- Laid new sheet vinyl floor in hall
- Installed new wall-mounted TV in hall (for training / electronic games screen)
- Installed new amplifier in hall to connect up all 4 existing speakers
- Installed new disco / drama lighting system in the hall
- Replaced all light units in hall, corridor and reception
- Replaced 3 radiators and installed heating controls on all radiators
- Purchased 12 new folding tables + 2 stacking trolleys + 75 stackable chairs
- Purchased new crockery for large meeting / conference refreshments
- Replaced rotten wood on window surrounds and repainted the front of the building
- Improved external landscaping
- Produced a Fromus Centre leaflet
- Installed of a baby-changing facility.
- Installed a wall-mounted large presentation screen in the hall.
- Repaired the pot-holes in the turning-circle road outside the Fromus Centre.
All the SADCIC directors are local volunteers.
For further information about SADCIC, please click here.
- Financial Support for Local Community Organisations
Saxmundham Town Council plans to make up to £10,000 available this year, in total, to provide grants to local groups and enterprises, in the third sector, that provide added value amenities and services to Saxmundham residents.
To be eligible for any Saxmundham Town Council grant, organisations must:
• Have aims and objectives that are in keeping with those of Saxmundham Town Council.
• Have a recognised constitution, have a clear democratic management structure and have clear financial controls including business bank/Building Society, or Credit Union Account.
• Be legally able to carry out the activities, which should be primarily for the benefit of Saxmundham residents, follow national legislation on employment, health and safety, discrimination and child protection, as appropriate.
• Provide evidence of local consultation with end-users of service
• Must show evidence of collaborative working / partnerships with other local community groups in the delivery of services, where desirable.
• Provide an explanation for what the funding is to be spent on.
Funding will be given:
• To encourage the formation of new community groups leading to the provision of a wider range of services in Saxmundham.
• To assist with the recruitment of new members to existing groups.
• To support existing groups to provide new services, equipment and running costs.
Grants cannot be given:
• To organisations or for activities that support party political aims.
This funding could help you set up a new group / service at the Fromus Centre...
For further information please e-mail email@example.com or Tel: 604595
Community Celebration to promote Learning Disability Week
The Saxmundham enterprises PASTEL and Tru-care joined together to herald and celebrate Learning Disability Week (August 19 to 25). These two local providers of services to people with learning disabilities, and their carers, will be put on an event for all the family on Saturday August 17th, from mid-day until 4pm, at the Fromus Centre. The afternoon provided activities designed to be both fun and educational and took place both inside and outside the building.
Two bands provided live music – Eine Kleine Sax Music (featuring 4 saxophones and a drummer) and the mixed-ability group, Nobody’s Perfect. Outdoors there was a barbeque, ice-cream, dancing and displays, stalls, donkey rides, an animal petting corner and Zorb balls. Indoors there was the SMILE café, a craft activity and a programme of informal talks for Carers, including details of activities in the area for people with learning disabilities, direct payments and their management, and the making of power of attorney, wills and trusts to cater for those with learning disabilities.
This event was also used to launch the Stay Safe scheme in Saxmundham by Leading Lives, supported by PASTEL. The scheme is co-ordinated by the Suffolk Hate Crime Service and created to enable more vulnerable people to feel safer when accessing the community by providing them with places they can access should they need support.
- BFRA Family Quiz Nights
The first of a series of evening family quizes, on Saturday June 29th at 7.30pm, in the Fromus Centre hall. The questions are designed to be of interest to all ages and will feature music from the 50's through to the 00's.Tickets will cost £1 per person for teams of four to six people.All welcome.
The second quiz night will be on Saturday, September 21st - same place, same time.
For more information, Tel: 01728-603860 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
- SADCIC DELIVERS FOR SAXMUNDHAM
For the past 18 months The Saxmundham & District Community Interest Company (SADCIC) has focussed its efforts on the revitalisation of the newly created Fromus Centre, in Seaman Avenue, Saxmundham. This is a building owned by Suffolk County Council, formerly known as the Saxmundham Resource Centre, and is now leased to and run by SADCIC. This is a leading example of SCC’s “Our Place” initiative. The building was formerly underutilised and in need of an uplift. As the re-branded Fromus Centre, it has been steadily refurbished, new facilities have been added and it is now being used by more and more community groups and local enterprises, for regular activities and meetings.
“Through efficiency savings on running the building, and revenues earned from hiring out the hall and meetings rooms, SADCIC has built up a financial surplus of over £12,000. And, as a social enterprise run entirely by volunteers and no paid directors, all this money is being re-invested into the Fromus Centre” reported Phil Peeling, Volunteer Director, SADCIC “ The hall floor, in particular, was cracking up and has been taken up and completely replaced with new flooring.”
The hall and meeting rooms have been repainted, the hall has had a complete new floor laid, audio-visual facilities are being installed in the hall, new tables and chairs have been delivered, new crockery is on order, key lighting inside and outside of the building is being replaced, the building frontage is being cleaned up, and the grounds are being enhanced with some improved landscaping.
“We have had a steady stream of enquiries to hire the hall and meeting rooms and the number of hirers has grown to over 25. Rooms can be hired from as little as £3 per hour and with all these new facilities we expect to demand to grow still further” added Don Tricker, Volunteer Director, SADCIC.
“The Fromus Centre in Saxmundham has already achieved a great deal and with a concerted effort by all will enhance the social and business amenities of the town to the benefit of local people.” stated County Cllr. Michael Gower. “The Fromus Centre is a beacon project for Suffolk County Council’s “Our Place” initiative, to enable community groups to take on and develop county buildings for the benefit of their local community.”
"What a great achievement - this is 'Our Place' working at it's best." Cllr Rebecca Hopfensperger, Suffolk County Council Cabinet Member for Localities.
"Very impressive!" Tony Osmanski - Strategic Director. Suffolk Coastal District Council.
- Fromus Centre hosts Wellbeing courses to support New Year resolutions!
If you need support to carry through your New Year resolutions to reduce stress, eat more healthy or exercise
more, then turn to the courses on offer here, in Saxmundham, at the Fromus Centre. These courses are open to everyone but hurry to book, as many of the courses are free..!
Contact for more information
|Ready to Change?||
Feeling down? Stressed out? Overwhelmed? Anxious? Take your first steps to improving emotional wellbeing.
|Suffolk Welbeing (funded by the NHS)||Tel: 0300-123-1781(all calls charged at a local rate for both mobiles and landlines)|
|Chair Based Exercise||
Improve your physical activity, increase your mobility and / or lose weight.
|Live Well Suffolk (funded by the NHS)||Mob: 07894- 598275|
Healty Cooking & Eating
Learn to cook healthy food and eat the results.
|Live Well Suffolk (funded by the NHS)||Mob: 07894- 598275|
Developing Personal Confidence & Self Awareness
Develop skills for handling life situations with confidence and plan for a brighter future.
Realise Futures (Community Learning & Skills Development)
- BFRA Children's Christmas Party
On Sunday 16th December, Brook Farm Residents Association held their very first Children’s Christmas Party at The Fromus Centre. There were around 40 children with their parents or guardians who saw them become creative with all sorts of craft work including making Christmas biscuits and decorating baubles. Father Christmas turned up with free gifts and even little elves helped out.
The budget of £500 for the day, came from BFRA hard earned money, which was made up from Music Nights and subscriptions from the year.
The BFRA thanked SADCIC for renting the rooms at such a reasonable rate."We shall certainly return for further events in the year." Terry Barrow, Chairman, Brook Farm Residents Association (BFRA)
- SMILE Cafe Launch
The SMILE Cafe opened on Thursday, October 4th and over 100 customers streamed into the SMILE Café in its first 3 hours!
The SMILE Café provides refreshments and respite primarily for Carers and those adults with additional mental needs eg dementia, learning disabilities, mental health problems, strokes and head injuries.
It aims to provide a relaxing oasis in rural East Suffolk for those seeking to gain some respite and the company of similar people for emotional support and the exchange of useful information.
The café is now a pop-up café operating every Thursday between 10am and 2pm at the Fromus Centre, Seaman Avenue, Saxmundham, and is a co-production between the PASTEL Community Interest Company and the Rotary Club of Saxmundham and District.
Further information can be gained from the website www.smile-cafe.org.uk or by telephoning 01728-604944 during office hours.
- The Fromus Centre - The First 12 months
It’s been 12 months since the volunteer directors of The Saxmundham & District Community Interest Company (SADCIC) took over the management of the greatly under-utilised Suffolk County Council’s Saxmundham Community Resource Centre, in Seaman Avenue. Since then the SADCIC social enterprise volunteers have redecorated and refurbished the building, renamed it the Fromus Centre and re-launched it with a successful Fun Day this summer, with over 300 visitors coming to have a look around. Now the building is developing into a more lively community enterprise centre used by various community groups, with activities for all age groups ranging from parent and toddlers to IT workshops for the over 50’s. It is now available for meetings, conferences, celebration events, children parties, fun activities and local clubs and groups. “We want these premises to be seen by local residents, groups and businesses as your place in Saxmundham to relax, meet, chat, learn, exercise, play and have fun!” says volunteer SADCIC director, Don Tricker.
“The creation of the Fromus Centre in Saxmundham is a comprehensive and fine example of a project which will increase the social and business amenities in the town.” says County Cllr. Rae Leighton. “The Fromus Centre is a beacon project for Suffolk County Council’s “Our Place” initiative, to enable community groups to take on and develop county buildings for the benefit of their local community.”
New activities are starting all the time, including various dance classes, and on October 4th there will be the start of the weekly pop-up SMILE Café, aimed at reducing social isolation and providing emotional support for all Carers, as well as adults with additional mental health needs. It will be open every Thursday from 10am to 2pm, starting as a coffee snack bar, and provide a friendly place to relax, unwind and talk to others. Information advice and guidance will be on hand from visiting professionals and public agencies. For more information, please visit www.smile-cafe.org.uk
For more information on the Fromus Centre and booking details, please check this website or call 01728-604944.
- Fun Day at The Fromus Centre!
On Saturday July 7th, a day when other parts of the country were suffering torrential downpours, Saxmundham was bathed in glorious sunshine for the Fromus Centre Fun Day. Over 300 people, both young and old, streamed to the event throughout the day. There were displays, activities and refreshment both indoors and outside on the grassed areas, providing a great carnival atmosphere.
There was something for everyone, ranging from a traditional Punch & Judy show to a modern Pimms bar. There was plenty of ice cream and dancing displays from the PASTEL Morris Team, the Mystic Belly dancers and an audience participation of Zumba dancing. Bouncy castles, big and small, were on hand with games and stalls provided by local community groups and a PA system provided music which added to the community event.
The day was sponsored by The Saxmundham & District Community Interest Company (SADCIC) - to help promote the newly refurbished Fromus Centre and the community groups who currently use it, or about to start. Such was the success that 3 bookings were taken on the day and requests for future events have been requested.
It was a wonderful day and a leading example of Suffolk County Council’s ‘Our Place’ initiative delivering a real local difference – a positive example of the ‘big society’ in action. SADCIC volunteers were delighted by the very positive feedback we received. It was amazing how many people didn't know of the existence of the building or didn't know it was for community use. We are now being encouraged to develop a range of more community supported events throughout the year. The Fromus Centre is a resource for all the community and the Fun Day has been all about making people aware of its existence. It is here for everyone to use, whether for their own events, celebrations or club activities and meetings.
- Fun Day at The Fromus Centre: Saturday July 7th 2012
Come and view the facilities 11.30am-3.30pm. Inside and outside at the Fromus Centre. Free entry: everyone is welcome! Entertainment, Stalls and fun activities for all...
Beer / Wine / Pimms bar /Barbeque / Teas & Coffee / Scones & Cakes / Ice CreaMorris Dancing / Belly Dancing / Zumba Dancing / Punch & Judy / Wooden Crafts / Plants / Bouncy Castles / Books Stocks / Penalty Shoot-Out / Fire Engine / Mobile Police Station...
- TESCO selects Fromus Centre as Forward Base
In planning to open a new store in Saxmundham, TESCO has chosen to use the Fromus Centre to support the front-line project planning. The advance team will base themselves at the Fromus Centre making use of its wide range of facilities to plan for the store fitting out, recruitment of staff and staff training. The store will open on May 21st.
- Fromus Centre Marketing Plan
A Fromus Centre Marketing Plan has been produced, by Megan Lucock, a volunteer Business Studies student of Leiston High School. She has also delivered, as part of her Marketing Plan, an integrated website (you're viewing it now), poster and leaflet to promote the new Fromus Centre in earnest.
- Fromus Centre branding support
Work started on re-inforcing the branding of the new Fromus Centre - starting with repairs to the hall ceiling, followed by re-painting the hall ceiling and re-painting all the hall walls, and integral coffee bar. The external locks and access arrangements have been changed to make them simpler and more secure. New furniture in the form of folding tables and folding chairs have been delivered.