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Royal Docks Learning and Activity Centre marks 50th birthday with summer garden party

PUBLISHED: 12:00 02 September 2018

Chris Abell from Tate & Lyle Sugars cutting the birthday cake. Picture: Ken Mears

Chris Abell from Tate & Lyle Sugars cutting the birthday cake. Picture: Ken Mears

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A community centre in the Royal Docks celebrated its 50th birthday.

Trustees, families, staff and volunteers enjoyed a picnic on the green. Picture: Ken MearsTrustees, families, staff and volunteers enjoyed a picnic on the green. Picture: Ken Mears

The Royal Docks Learning and Activity Centre held a summer garden tea party at St John’s Green to recognise the landmark milestone.

Staff from the centre were joined by families, trustees, and members of Craftory Workshop, a Silvertown project which is turning the abandoned Tate Institute into a community venue.

Partygoers enjoyed creative workshops, a vegan and vegetarian picnic, and music was performed by Italian artist Mellotronk.

The centre, based in North Woolwich, was set up to give a voice to Royal Docks residents, and is known for its mosaics on the front and back of the building.

Rita Dogo was given the job of baking the birthday cake. Picture: Ken MearsRita Dogo was given the job of baking the birthday cake. Picture: Ken Mears

It opened in 1968 as a youth centre, named St John’s Community Centre, before branching out to other services and becoming a registered charity in 2001.

Its services now include classes for older people, a parent and toddler group, a career progression hub and conservation and biodiversity events.

A cake was donated to congratulate the centre on reaching the important milestone. Picture: Ken MearsA cake was donated to congratulate the centre on reaching the important milestone. Picture: Ken Mears

Plenty of Royal Docks residents turned out to celebrate the day. Picture: Ken MearsPlenty of Royal Docks residents turned out to celebrate the day. Picture: Ken Mears

Creative workshops were put on for families, and there was a vegan and vegetarian picnic with donated food. Picture: Ken MearsCreative workshops were put on for families, and there was a vegan and vegetarian picnic with donated food. Picture: Ken Mears

Children getting competitive in the sack race. Picture: Ken MearsChildren getting competitive in the sack race. Picture: Ken Mears


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