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Tea party to celebrate centre’s 80th birthday


A tea party for those aged 80 and above was held on Sunday (22 April) to celebrate Filwood Community Centre’s eighth decade.

With music from the thirties, afternoon tea and the chance to reminisce about past times – the event at the centre on Filwood Broadway was a swinging success for the 22 older people who attended.

Centre Manager and organiser June McNeill says: “It was for people who were 80 this year and over to celebrate our 80th birthday. It went really well and I was pleased with all the feedback – they all seemed to enjoy it and they were waited on hand and foot and the hall was decorated specially for the event…”

As well as high tea, guests had the chance to watch archive footage of Knowle West TV which was filmed in the area during the 70s when the area had its own TV station.

They also saw old pictures of the community centre and Filwood Broadway on screen, many of them donated by Filwood Chase History Society based at The Park and some of the pictures were blown up for an exhibition.

Local resident and Community in Partnership trustee Ann Smith with her portrait.

Artists have been working with Knowle West Media Centre to collect pictures, memories and footage for a project around the 80th birthday.

Rose Sanders (92) who attended said: “It was the best afternoon I have had in years…”

Graham Blacker (82) has been a trustee at Filwood Community Centre since 1992. He says: “I came the first day the Community Centre opened with my mum and dad holding their hands …and we thought it was marvellous…”