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Covid-19 Update – (12th February 2021)

The lockdown may still be in force but the Community Centre is ready and waiting to get the go ahead to open. In the meantime, we are starting to organise groups by Zoom. Our Wednesday Social has been running for a few weeks now, 2pm – 3pm, the link to join can be found on our What’s On page. We will also be starting a Thursday Talk in a couple of weeks which will be 2pm – 3pm. We hope to offer a range of subjects and activities so that there is something for everyone.

Remember that our Staff and Volunteers are still helping in the Community during lockdown. If you are in need of help with shopping or prescriptions, need some books or puzzles or would just like to have a chat to someone, we can help. You can contact Lesley by email, LesleyCouncill@priorswoodcommunitycentre.co.uk or by phone on 07510 332874.

Priorswood Good Neighbours are also still offering the same services during lockdown, they can be contacted on 01823 212007 and their Facebook page can be found here https://www.facebook.com/groups/Priorswoodgoodneighbours/. There are useful telephone numbers and information on their website which is https://www.priorswood.info/.

Other useful contacts are:

Somerset County Council Covid-19 Support Line 0300 790 6275
Mindline Emotional Support Helpline 01823 276 892
Bereavement Support 01823 276 892
Somerset West & Taunton Council 0300 304 8000
SW&T Benefits Officer 07464 987738, Email: d.bradley@somersetwestandtaunton.gov.uk

Please stay safe.


In December, we decided to deliver Christmas parcels to our elderly and isolated residents.  We had a lot of items donated and we put out a call for donations of shoe boxes that we could fill with food and gifts.  The response was amazing.  Staff and volunteers put together 86 shoe box Christmas food and gift parcels and 12 family size boxes which reached 132 people within North Taunton. Our thanks go to everyone who helped with donating shoe boxes, food, gifts and toys. The boxes were made possible with grants and donations and support from our amazing team of volunteers who  wrapped, filled and delivered the boxes to some very grateful local residents. The boxes went to many of our group members to remind them that we are still thinking of them and to some of the most lonely and isolated within our community. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


WELCOME  

The Priorswood Community Centre was converted as a children and families facility from two shops in Priorswood Place, which had been empty for some time. In March 1997 Taunton Deane Council agreed to rent the premises to the North Taunton 2000 Partnership, originally formed in December 1995. Although the Parents’ Project was occupying the Centre from mid-1997, it had its official opening in September 1998.   Around this time the Partnership became a registered charity and the name was changed to remove the date.

Funding was gained from Children in Need to help fund the structural conversion which included installing children’s toilet facilities. Furniture, carpet, paint and equipment were all donated and local residents, project staff and councillors got together to decorate the newly-plastered walls.

After the Centre was no longer needed as a children’s and parents’ centre, the Community Centre became much more available for all residents of North Taunton and in 2010 there was a second major change to the Centre premises with a complete refurbishment to make a larger community space resulting in the Community Centre as we know it today

Another major milestone in the Centre’s life was the transformation of the patch of grass outside the Community Centre. It was felt that a path was needed from the car park to the Community Centre and the hairdressers, as the slopes were a cause for concern for many elderly residents. In 2012 Taunton Deane Borough Council were approached to gain permission to add a path - enthusiasm got the better of everyone concerned and the decision was made that perhaps as a fitting tribute to the Queen's Diamond Jubilee, we would create a community garden. Many months of consultation and searching for grants followed until everything was in place and work started. The grassy area was transformed into a beautiful community garden for all to enjoy.

We have also had many other achievements for the local area such as the purchase of seats for Lyngford Park, smoking bins and handrails for the slopes in Priorswood Place, as well as local campaigning for better facilities and services.

 

 

 


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