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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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.
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At Eastlea Community Centre, we were delighted to be able to support the marvellous work Dawdon Youth and Community Centre is doing with its food bank.
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Eastlea Community Centre hailed its first ever Family Fun Day a success, after it attracted hundreds of visitors to the field outside the building in Stockton Road, Seaham, in August.