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Community children make poppy display to mark Remembrance Day

Light House Community Group marks its first Remembrance Day at East Community Centre, located on Padholme Road, since taking over in March following a Community Asset Transfer from Peterborough City Council.  

The new trustees and management team are striving to make the centre a real community hub, which has not been easy taking over the running of the centre at the start of the first Coronavirus lockdown.

Light House Community Group’s Remembrance Day display has been supported by East Community Pre-School, which operates from the centre and Parnwell after school club, which East Community Pre-School manager Sabrina Donnelly also works for.  

The children from the Pre-School and after school club have worked hard to make a poppy display for East Community Centre to remember those that made the ultimate sacrifice for our country.  

East Community Pre-School manager Sabrina Donnelly said: “We talked to the children about why we were making poppy pictures and what each colour stands for. One of the children told us all about her grandad dying and pointed to the sky. When we explained about the poppy and in simple terms that they are to remember people and animals who died fighting to keep us safe and happy, one child (4 years old) said, “thats good because it's not fair on the children”. 

Peterborough City Councillor for East Ward Dr Shabina Qayyum visited East Community Centre with Remebrance Day pictures made by her children and said : “As a local Councillor I am proud to support East Community Centre and how they are marking Poppy and Remembrance Day this year.  

“Light House Community Group has been hard at work collecting some beautiful Poppy pictures from the children who attend East Community Pre-School to put up in memory of those who fought in the War. It was a pleasure to support the Centre on behalf of my East Ward colleagues, as due to lockdown restrictions only one of us could attend.  

“We all look forward to working with Light House Community Group at East Community Centre in future and support the great work they are doing”. 

A spokesperson for Light House Community Group, Trustee, Cllr Patrick Kadewere said “We felt it was important for us to mark our first Remembrance Day at the centre, even though it has to be done very differently this year due to lockdown restrictions.  

“We are grateful to all service men and women, past and present, who selflessly put themselves on the line to protect us all, we will remember them. We would like to thank the local community for the warm welcome received when we took over the centre in March.  

“We have worked hard during lockdown to make the centre Covid secure in order to welcome user groups back to the centre following the first lockdown. It is an uncertain time for many and we hope to serve the centre users and local community as best we can throughout this pandemic”.  

East Community Pre-School are open 9-12 in term time for children with funding at 2 years old and still have a few places left. Enquiries can be made to eastpg@live.co.uk  

All enquiries about the centre can be sent to lighthousecommunitygrouppb@gmail.com