A charity which took over the running of a community centre after the council decided to close it has raised nearly £600 with its first public event.
The newly formed charity Glamis Hall for All welcomed people through the doors for its first public event on Saturday (May 16).
The charity took over the running of the centre on the Queensway estate after Wellingborough Council took the decision to close the building, including the day centre service which had run there for 27 years, last December.
And since getting the keys in January this year, the charity has gone from strength to strength.
The new over-50s well-being centre is open for business and provides a lunch club from 11am to 2pm and a VIP club from 9.30am to 3.30pm Monday to Friday.
Attendee numbers are increasing steadily and new clients are joining each week.
But with only a capital grant from the council, fundraising is an important issue for the trustees and Saturday’s craft fair was an excellent start to what is hoped will be a full programme of public events to raise funds to help with running costs in the future.
With more than 20 stalls, the sports hall was busy throughout the day.
Those who took part included the Friends of Croyland Gardens who had a stall selling various plants and Chelsea’s Angels had a tombola stall.
Other stalls included cards, cupcakes and sweets, crystals, home décor, Indian jewellery and Mendhi hand painting.
There was something for everyone, with a bouncy castle, glitter tattoos and bag decorating for children.
There was also the chance to win a rugby ball signed by former England fly-half Jonny Wilkinson.
This competition is open online until May 31 via http://www.everyclick.com/jonnywilkinson for rugby fans that were unable to get to the event.
The event also saw the day centre lounges opened to the general public for the first time and many people stopped by for a cup of tea or coffee, cake and other sweet things baked by the Glamis Hall chef.
The event raised £597.94 in total and the trustees would like to thank all the staff, volunteers, stallholders and members of the public who supported them on the day.
The next public event at Glamis Hall will be a family festival on July 25.
For more information about Glamis Hall and what it has to offer call 01933 677326 or visit www.glamishall.org.uk.