Music to the ears in REACH’s secret garden

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A big crowd gathered in the sun-drenched garden at Community House in Wisbech to celebrate the achievements of four groups of volunteers and learners that have come together there since last September.

They enjoyed the fruits of all the groups’ efforts and pledged to carry on their good work.

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community house groups

The four groups, all part of the Reaching Everyone Around Community House (REACH) project, have brought together 40 people with different interests but a common goal: learning and developing new skills.

They have been established through a partnership comprising Fenland District Council’s Community House, Cambridgeshire County Council, Roddons and the College of West Anglia. The project has been funded by a government-backed initiative called the Community Learning Innovation Fund.

The four groups are:

The Secret Garden group, who have developed the garden into a little oasis for the whole community. They have spent up to 20 hours each per week to develop an allotment, raised bed, hanging baskets and pretty borders.

The Reach Singers, who meet weekly to learn new songs and perform regularly at local events.

The Budget recipe group, who share recipes, hints and tips and hone their skills in the kitchen at Community House.

The Fundraising group, who are always seeking donations from local organisations are determined to raise enough money to be able to continue to run these successful projects now that the official funding has ended.

All their talents were on display at the celebration, with guests being treated to a charming performance by the Reach Singers while enjoying a delicious lunch created by the budget cooks, including fresh produce from the garden.

Opening the celebration, the Mayor of Wisbech, Samantha Hoy, said she was delighted to see the results of the volunteers’ hard work.

She said: “I am amazed by all your efforts. It is particularly great that this garden is close to so many residents in the area - I hope they spend many hours here enjoying it.”

Fenland District Councillors Ralph Butcher and Chris Seaton were among those joining the party. Cllr Butcher, the portfolio holder responsible for community affairs, said: “I hadn’t realised quite what a beautiful garden they have at the house. I was very impressed by the terrific job the volunteers have done there – and by the work of all the other groups involved in this excellent project.”