Pupils from Hall Green school were among the first VIP guests to test out the facilities of Birmingham’s new Log Cabin and Campsite; a safe-place for young people to enjoy leisure activities.
The sky turned an amazing shade of red as pupils took part in the balloon release, declaring the facility open after Connaught plc had completed the extensive renovation programme, carried out over a period of seven months, and costing £125,000.
Sir Aidrian Cadbury officially relaunched the community resource which lead to a fun-packed day of events.
John Kennedy, a teacher from Hall Green School, said: “We are delighted to be invited to celebrate the opening of the log cabin.
“It’s a wonderful facility with so much to offer pupils – we will certainly seek to use it in the future.”
The exciting activities that were on offer included Laser Mission, Forest Schools Initiative, BearCreek Adventure, and various others.
Once a hive of activity in the ‘50s, ‘60s and ‘70s, when it was used by youth members, including the Campbell brothers from UB40, a lack of available funding made the centre fall victim to a sharp decline in use, and it has been struggling to stay afloat ever since.
However, the Bromsgrove office of Connaught plc came to the rescue, as part of its UK-wide partnership with Clubs for Young People (CYP), and completed a major overhaul of the facilities which included completely renovating the venue, with a full upgrade of electrical rewiring and heating system, a new kitchen, and relaying a basketball court.
It has been worked on by over 80 members of staff, including the Connaught’s main directors, and has relied on the goodwill of many of the partner organisations, it works with to fulfil its social housing contracts.
Speaking at the opening, Birmingham Federation of Clubs for Young People, Mike Smith, said: “We had been struggling for a number of years, but due to the state of the centre we just couldn’t attract visitors, groups and school users to view it as a viable venue.”
The centre has undergone a radical transformation, and provides a first-class facility to not only locals across the city but also further afield.”