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At the end of June everyone at St Werburghs Community Centre said a sad and fond farewell to Derek Sealy. Derek left as one of the members of St Werburghs Community Centre's Management Committee.
Derek Sealy was one of the longest standing members of the St Werburghs Community Centre's Management Committee. He received an award from Voscur in 2013 for Longest Serving Volunteer – having served the board since 1972. Derek has been an active and prominent member of the local community for decades. Over the many years he has lived in St Werburghs he has supported the Black and West Indian communities of Bristol. Originally from Barbados he and his wife worked tirelessly with the Barbados & Caribbean Friends Association to support families who had moved to the UK from the Islands. Derek has done so much for the city and yet remains humble about his achievements, always willing to share the kudos with those around him. Throughout the 80s and 90s Derek and his wife supported families, children and young people who found it hard settling in the UK, this was especially the case for children starting in schools that didn’t know how to cope with pupils from different cultures. These black youngsters’ behaviour was often tarred with a brush as 'challenging' or ‘disruptive’ but the Barbados Family & Friends Association didn't want to give up on them. They worked to support children and youngsters by providing services like homework clubs and cultural educational support for schools and staff. These were the beginnings of cultural exchanges where black families would bring in wonderful food for the pupils to taste and would tell stories about the life back home in the Islands. The Association also campaigned strongly to bring more opportunities for young people leaving school to find jobs through organising an annual jobs fair linking businesses and colleges.
I have met many people who are active in their communities and Derek comes across with immense grace and humility. As reliable as the tide he continues to volunteer his time as a trustee of the St Werburghs Community Centre with dedication and enthusiasm. Now at the age of 86 he has decided to retire. Derek we will miss your wealth of knowledge and your dedication, we thank you for your efforts and many years serving our community and making the City of Bristol a better place for us all.
Our annual User’s Forum is coming soon! This is a chance for you to try some free taster sessions on Saturday 14th of May 2016 from 11:30am until 4:00pm in a friendly atmosphere with all your family and friends!
Join us at our Pop-up Café in the St Werburghs Community Centre on the Wednesday 20th April 2016, from 10:00am until 2:00pm.
Everyone is welcome, you will find a variety of cakes, sandwiches and soup with reasonably priced.
We hope to see you soon, the staff of St Werburghs Community Centre wish you a very good day.
St Werburghs Community Centre is one of Bristol’s busiest and most loved community buildings. It offers a range of meeting rooms and event spaces within its beautiful Victorian building and the modern eco friendly annexe. The team and the board are delighted to have achieved Silver status in the highly accredited Green Tourism Awards.
The award received in January 2016 is down to a strong overall commitment to sustainability across a range of areas. St Werburghs Community Association has put tremendous efforts to make the Victorian community building warm, more energy efficient, fully accessible and as sustainable as possible.
During the Capital Project we have replaced our old oil heating system with new gas boilers. Thanks to that all our rooms in the main building can be controlled individually and we can monitor our energy use against weather and our room use. We also rewired old electrics and installed new energy efficient lights throughout, all of that complete with sensor controls for further energy saving.
The Centre scored very high on innovation as a result of building our new modern and eco-friendly annexe which boasts a bank of PV panels, a Sedum (grass) roof, ‘Warmcell’ insulation, which is manufactured from 100% recycled waste paper and sunlight tubes designed to capture and intensify natural daylight.
Goska Ong, Centre Director says: “We continue to strive to be even more ‘green’; we are using only fair trade refreshments for our events and carefully chosen environmentally friendly cleaning products. Due to its excellent and friendly customer service the Centre had always been one of the most active and well-used resources in the city. We have recently built an eco friendly storeroom, which has allowed us to utilise our spaces even better – we now have two additional offices available to let by a community group or a voluntary organisation, which will provide further services for the local communities.”
Werbuzz Community Garden Project