THERE were special celebrations at Lodge Hill near Pulborough when the centre’s supporters’ group reinvented itself.
More than 70 people attended the launch of the new-look Supporters of Lodge Hill Group and meet the people who have made it happen.
They were welcomed to the special occasion by the new group’s chairman, Hilary Tupper, from Upwaltham, who attended the event with her husband, David.
It was an exciting day for the Lodge Hill Trust whose members took the opportunity to explain the activities and purposes of the recently refurbished buildings and show off their facilities.
The educational and activity centre is a place where young people are encouraged to realise their full potential, through residential stays and by taking part in a vast array of outdoor pursuits and team building activities.
Lodge Hill welcomes young people of all backgrounds and provides dedicated facilities and specialist equipment for those with differing needs and disabilities.
Those who attended the launch of the reformed supporters group got the chance to take a look at what is on offer at the centre and the chance to hear what is in the pipeline for the future.
The welcome to the launch event by Mrs Tupper was followed by an introduction to Lodge Hill Trust by the chairman, Andrew Vivian, who gave an update on current and future fundraising projects.
He explained Lodge Hill Supporters had been tasked with raising £60,000 to re-surface the tennis court with astro turf, install sympathetic floodlighting, renew the safety netting, reline the court for tennis, basketball and netball, and turn it into a floodlit multi-purpose venue for the able and disabled.
Next came an entertaining presentation by Bill Molloy, head master of the Georgian Gardens Community Primary School, Rustington, who had brought along three pupils.
They read out letters of appreciation they had written to Lodge Hill, explaining how much they had enjoyed their stay last year, how good the food was, especially toad in the hole, and what great fun they had taking part in the activities – the climbing tower, tunnels, high wire and the crate stacking challenges, amongst many others.
A cream tea was served by Lodge Hill’s in-house caterers ABM, and visitors were then taken on a tour of the South Downs site by Nick Turner, activities manager, and Paul Catt, operations manager.