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Duke Centre relaunch 4th July 2012

Duke's relaunch a success!
by Annalisa, Friday 13 July 2012

And what a 
fabulous event it was! The Cray Village Community Forum joined in the celebrations with numerous local residents, to enjoy the great activities, entertainment and stalls which were available throughout the day. 
Indeed there was something for everyone: children got their dose of magic tricks and fun in the hall, while grown-ups reminisced to the sound of Brothers of Swing, who sang some classic swing tunes and even got a few agile visitors strutting their stuff. 

For those into fitness, there was a chance to learn some boxing techniques (do you recocgnise this boxing wannabe?)
, while those with rhythm and coordination tried out some Zumba moves. Tai Chi and Chinese Dancing also got people moving, and health advisors from Bromley were to hand to offer blood pressure check ups and healthy living tips. 

A tombola, run by the Women Institute, gave people a chance to win some goodies, while local bakers (Pam H on one hand, and the Croft Tearoom on the other) offered us all a chance to indulge our taste buds, with their fingerlicking range of cakes and savouries. A stall from the Country Market sold some gorgeous looking fresh produce such as Apple Juice, berries, chilli sauces and locally grown veggies.


Crafty ladies from Tissy Lissy Jewellery, Nicis Designs and ‘Selina’s A Drop of Sunshine Pendants, sold beautiful gemstone and crystal beaded jewellery, while Ruth Fancett and Hilary Finch each sold their own gorgeous handmade cards for all occasions. Dr Bike was also to hand dispensing bike mechanics tips, and giving your bike a good MOT.

A big thank you goes out to everyone who came down. In particular our thanks go to those who helped organise the event and, more importantly, are helping to ensure that the Duke Centre becomes a buzzing community hub for us all to enjoy.  

We do hope the event has given all a taste of things to come, and everyone is welcome to put forward suggestions for any activities and events they would like to see happen at the centre. The possibilities are endless...arts and crafts workshops anyone? Film screenings? Knitting clubs? Job search skills drop-in sessions? Table tennis tournaments? A chess club? Swishing events?  Yoga classes? Somebody stop me....

A part from ourselves, current users of the Duke include the CountryMarket, the River ChurchBromleyYouth Service We would like more groups and businesses to also enjoy these wonderful facilities, and to help ensure the Duke benefits the local community -  why? Because this is YOUR centre, so come and tell us what to do with it! If you have some ideas around activities/events, please get in touch with the Duke Centre. They are looking forward to hearing from you.

For more shots of the event, please visit the Duke's website.