Mayor gets his groove on to celebrate “good year” for West Howe community project (From Bournemouth Echo)
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Mayor gets his groove on to celebrate “good year” for West Howe community project
TEENAGERS danced with the mayor at a party celebrating a successful year for a community project.
West Howe Community Enterprises held a barn dance at its annual general meeting at the Henry Brown Youth Centre in Bournemouth.
Gary Palmer, project development manager at the charity, said teenagers had been “a bit difficult” in the area recently but they turned out in force to support the meeting.
“What surprised us was how many young people turned up who absolutely loved it and the youth workers were amazed.
“We had teenagers dancing hand in hand with the mayor.
“So everyone had a great time.”
Bournemouth Mayor Philip Stanley-Watts was among the dignitaries invited who listed to a presentation given about progress over the last year before the dancing got underway.
Gary said: “It’s been a good year for the charity and with the support from volunteers, local councillors, lottery funding and our neighbourhood worker Martha Searle, we continue to make a positive difference to the lives of people who live and work on the estate.
“The AGM was a chance to let everyone know what we’ve achieved and to say a big thank you to all our supporters.
The group was set up by residents to inspire positive change in the area and runs the Inspiring Change charity shop, a photography and media group, newsletter, an informative website and social media.
It is also behind Give and Take days, line dancing, Zumba, fitness classes, events, training and more.
The shop is often locally called the ‘smallest community centre in the world’.
The event saw presentations about the charity’s work take place followed by the barn dance led by a professional dance caller and musician.
The mayor said the get-together had “real community spirit” and told the organiser’s that “out of an acorn they had grown an oak tree”.