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Aquativity - looking back one week on - posted 30 Jun 2013

Thanks to our sponsors.

Sunday 23 June saw the official opening of our new HQ and Aquativity centre at Testwood Lakes.  After many years of fundraising, over 300 guests and members saw Francis Hughes from the F J Wallis Charitable Trust officially declare the building open.  The Trust, who are the project's lead sponsors, have been supporting the new building project since 2010.

The group have raised over £150k themselves.  Many other donors included The Barker Mills Foundation and a huge number of local companies and organisations who have provided materials and labour.  Without them the centre would still be an unfinished shell, and we would like to thank all of them for their generosity.

After the opening ceremony many of those attending were able to enjoy the water with a stiff breeze providing great sailing and cooling the kayakers and rowers.

It is hoped that the newly formed Testwood Sailability group will also use the centre as a base over 2 days per week, once funds have been raised to build a specialist pontoon.  This will provide safe sailing for local disabled people.

In the picture you can see Councillor Brookes, who stepped in at the 11th hour and ageeed to pay for the new signage, with local MP Julian Lewis.

Click on thumbnails to see larger versions of the photo, which was provided by K Pickering.