Volunteers work to spruce up community centre in Daventry

Some of the volunteers who worked on the Nene Hall, Daventry
Some of the volunteers who worked on the Nene Hall, Daventry

Volunteers, local businesses, the mayor, and even police officers, leant a hand in transforming one of Daventry’s community centres.

A team of people worked on Friday at the Nene Hall, on the Grange estate, to weed, paint, cut back and tidy up ahead of a new toddler group opening up there.

There were volunteers from the local area, young people, the mayor and more, working in the heat and sun. They were joined by police officers, and donations of materials were made by Homebase and Dennett’s.

Butterflies Toddler Stay and Play group opens on September 7, and the community pulled together to help get the building ready.

The groups manager Rebecca Johnson said: “It’s not another toddler group business opening.

“We are doing this for the community, with the help of the community and we want this to be a place for the community as well.

“We have lots of parents on the Grange who rarely get to leave their homes or who can’t afford to go very far. We also have lots of new people moving onto the estate who might not know that many people locally.

“We want our group to be a place for the children to come and play and make new friends, and that their parents meet the community and make new friends too.

“Eventually we want to grow and offer nursery services too.

“We’ve been outside clearing weeds, digging out plants, painting the fences and cutting back the hedges. Some areas had become totally overgrown.

“Some of the outside wooden play equipment was rotten or broken so we’re removing that as well.

“Inside we’ve been putting together new toys and getting them ready. It’s all new facilities here too.

“Although we will be using it all, it also benefits the other groups and people that use the hall as well.

“We want the people who come to the Nene Hall to feel it’s a nice, comfortable and safe place for their children. And we want it to be nice so the adults want to come here as well!

Butterflies will run sessions from 9am to noon on Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays for £3 for the first child and £1 for every additional one.

Rebecca, a qualified nursery nurse, said: “It’s not about raking in money here – we want this to be what the community wants.

“We want to it be affordable so everyone can come here, have fun with their children and meet new people.”

Butterflies is holding a community fun day on September 5, featuring the Minions, before it officially opens on September 7.