Corby centre turns into Fun Palace

Sunday, October 5, saw Oakley Vale Community Centre transformed into a Fun Palace as part of a Made In Corby initiative
Sunday, October 5, saw Oakley Vale Community Centre transformed into a Fun Palace as part of a Made In Corby initiative

Fun art, music and sculpture-making sessions for children were held at the Oakley Vale Community Centre in Corby – which had transformed into a ‘Fun Palace’ for the day.

The day was organised by Made in Corby and was one of three community events, called the Big Days In, taking place last Sunday,

Violet Armstrong, Alex Cochran, Elliot Smith and (front) Hope Armstrong

Violet Armstrong, Alex Cochran, Elliot Smith and (front) Hope Armstrong

The others were held at the Danesholme Community Centre, on Saturday, and Stephenson Way Community Centre.

At Oakley Vale, a session for children called Sculptures From Junk was held by Nick Finn and Lynn Davis and there was a workshop called Flutes of the World Tours led by Cllr Judy Caine and Paul Balmer.

Cllr Caine said: “The children made butterfly costumes and two of the young people also played percussion.

“The sculptures were made with foam shapes, bits of string, bits and pieces of wood, plastic, card, wool, string and pegs.

Sunday, October 5, saw Oakley Vale Community Centre transformed into a Fun Palace as part of a Made In Corby initiative

Sunday, October 5, saw Oakley Vale Community Centre transformed into a Fun Palace as part of a Made In Corby initiative

“They made wigwams and other tents and ‘houses’ – some with opening doors and elaborate roofs, spiders on webs, trees – including a very special cheese tree with aliens.

“The sculpture materials were generously provided by Duncan and the team at International Foam.”

Mr Balmer added: “It was a fun day and the music sessions extended an extra hour until 4pm with special dispensation from Vicar Nik Stephenson of the St Bennies church group who could see people were enjoying themselves.

“I’d like to say a big thank you to Marie Murrie, the Arts Council and Made in Corby.”