Eastlea Community Centre Blog

Our blog will report on events that have been held at the Centre. It is an opportunity for us to share community successes, community views and photographs of the event. 

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Visitors to Eastlea Community Centre are finding their route into the building is a lot easier thanks to new automatic doors.
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Thanks to a grant received from the Believe Housing Community Grant scheme, Eastlea Community Centre has been able to purchase essential PPE and sanitising equipment.
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School holiday activities at Eastlea Community Centre took a different turn this summer, thanks to Coronavirus and the lockdown. Unable to hold children’s activities in the Centre because of the risk of spreading infection, we instead took the activities to families. It was a huge success, with 80 children aged one to 16 all over Seaham enjoying activity packs and lunches.
It's been such a pleasure to welcome groups back in to the Centre, after seeing it stand quiet and empty for so long during the coronavirus pandemic. We know that bringing people together is one of the most important things we do, so it's been lovely to hear the sounds of laughter, chat, music and dance once again. Meanwhile our Ofsted-registered Nursery, Tots 'R' Us, has welcomed its children back for the new term. We're taking it slowly and carefully, and only a few of our groups are back yet, but we're looking at ways of bringing more in while still being able to keep our distance and keep the Centre safe for everyone.
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When Seaham, in common with the rest of the country, went into lockdown to try to control the spread of Coronavirus, it meant a massive change to all our lives. Eastlea Community Centre launched the Inside Story project to document how these changes affected all the members of our community.
The team at Eastlea have kept busy making sure the building is safe, and adapting it for returning groups and sections, who we know have missed their activities as much as we’ve missed seeing them. We now feel ready to stage a limited reopening, from August 3rd.
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Unfortunately, the Coronavirus lockdown meant plans for a VE Day celebration at Eastlea Community Centre didn’t come to fruition. However, this didn’t stop us from celebrating along with the rest of the country by reminiscing and making our own displays for our homes.
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Eastlea Community Centre’s accessibility advisor Lynn Mearns (left) shows the new door to early years practitioner Olivia Duffell and her son Harry, who attends the Centre’s Nursery.
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Artist: Norman Cornish. A fascinating exhibition at the Bowes Museum celebrating his centenary.
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Although we’re missing the lovely sounds of the East Durham Dementia Friendly Choir, which meets at Eastlea Community Centre every other Thursday, we’re looking forward to welcoming them back as soon as we can. But being in lockdown hasn’t stopped them singing – they’ve moved their regular sessions online. Just watch this terrific version of Stand By Me, which they’ve put together in their own homes.