Make friends and re-fuel at Fakenham SA centre
Salvation Army leaders in Fakenham are inviting people in the town to come and attend two new community groups which started this autumn.
Parent Pitstop is held from 9.30am to 11am every Wednesday in term time, and is billed as providing “a time for rest and refuelling” for busy parents, who can drop in after taking young children to school.
Fakenham Friendship Group runs from 1pm to 3pm, also on Wednesdays, and offers an opportunity for folk to meet new people and build connections. It is open to anyone and everyone and currently has members whose ages range from under 30 to over 80. Anyone coming to the group will be able to relax with puzzles, board games, or a crossword but the event is not designed to be too structured.
Both groups are held at the Salvation Army church and community centre in the town, pictured above, and are free of charge to attend.
Captain Adrian Allen, corps officer, pictured right with his wife Captain Gemma Allen, explained why the groups were set up: “Earlier this year, we were thinking about what the community needs to move forward through the pandemic. We thought people should spend time being rather doing, people should come together rather than isolate and be given the opportunity to communicate if they wanted to. Whatever we started needed to have these three elements. We wanted to open our doors so people could come in for a coffee and a chat.”
Adrian said he is pleased with the initial reaction to the groups and stressed that anyone is welcome to give them a try. He said: “If you want to meet other people and spend time in a different environment, you are welcome to come along. The only restriction is the time we’re open.
“As we move forward through the pandemic, we can come out and meet one another again. We’re made to be in a community and not be isolated. The reaction is very positive. One person said it was perfect timing while another said it was lovely just to be able to get out of their house.
“We want to be a welcoming place and for people to feel at home at The Salvation Army; we’re here and available. I also appreciate that some people still find it difficult to venture out – they are welcome to spend as little or as long as they want with us.”
The Salvation Army church and community centre is at 16 Oak Street, Fakenham, NR21 9DY,
Phone: 01328 864526.
For more information about the Salvation Army, visit their website, of find them on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.
The pictures above are courtesy of Fakenham Salvation Army.
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