Great start for GCAT’s dream for Gosberton

Let's get started ... supporters who attended GCAT's official launch at Gosberton Youth Club on Saturday. SG190915-162TW
Let's get started ... supporters who attended GCAT's official launch at Gosberton Youth Club on Saturday. SG190915-162TW
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A zip wire, a team swing and a multi-function climbing frame with a slide are among pieces of exciting new equipment that could help revamp the High Street park at Gosberton.

A newly-formed community interest company, Gosberton and District Community Action Team (GCAT), is spearheading a drive to breathe new life into the village and held a packed open meeting for its launch on Saturday, which also saw the official reopening of the youth club’s rebuilt sports hall.

We were pleased that our opening event had been well received and were greatly encouraged that people are seemingly understanding what we are doing and giving it their support.

The Rev Ian Walters

Opening a new community centre is a major goal for GCAT but projects will also include a £20,000 revamp of the park, setting up things like a patient transport scheme, a home visiting service and a skills swap scheme – as well as bringing back big events like Christmas and summer fairs and welcoming existing organisations like the community orchard to come under its umbrella.

Several adult volunteers stepped forward, including some offering help for the youth club when it reopens and others wanting to gift their time to the community, and the GCAT directors were delighted by the response.

Annette Ashford said a lot of the people who attended were keen to see the park developed and equipment like a zip wire was ‘a big hit’ with them.

She said it’s hoped at a future stage the park will be the central focus for the village to come together for big events.

The Rev Ian Walters said: “We were pleased that our opening event had been well received and were greatly encouraged that people are seemingly understanding what we are doing and giving it their support.

“We have a long way potentially to go but we are definitely on our way.”