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06 February 2017

Live blog: Five Rivers Health and Wellbeing Centre official opening

Hello and welcome to our live blog from the official opening of Five Rivers Health and Wellbeing Centre in Salisbury. We'll be reporting live on the events and speeches at today's opening. If you're at the event today, why not tweet us your photos @wiltscouncil using the hashtag #fiveriversopening, or if you can't make the official opening, like our page on Facebook to watch our Facebook Live videos of today's event!

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We're just wrapping up here at Five Rivers. Thanks to all who attended the event. Don't forget to watch our Facebook live video of the event.


The Five Rivers Health and Wellbeing Centre is part of the wider campus programme which is providing local communities across Wiltshire with improved facilities and services. We have invested more than £8m in the facility at Five Rivers, which now has more than 5,000 memberships, 3,500 fitness suite members and 1,500 swimming club members. The centre welcomes approximately 2,500 people through its doors every day. If you haven't already, come and pay it a visit.


The crowds are now enjoying a performance from Starcast performing arts.
If you couldn't make it today, here is a list of the fantastic facilities on offer at Five Rivers:

  • 3 Pools
  • Large fitness suite, with state-of-the-art fitness equipment
  • Spinning studio
  • Dance studio
  • Changing Places facility
  • Community activity rooms
  • Wiltshire Council and partner office accommodation
  • Meeting and interview rooms
  • Electric car charging bays
  • Orienteering


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Exhibition stands

There are lots of stands here today.

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Partner services

The centre is home to several partner services.


Did you watch Baroness Scott of Bybrook, OBE, Leader of Wiltshire Council's speech? If not you can watch it again on our Facebook page.

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And so has the ribbon!
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The cake has been cut here!


Baroness Scott of Bybrook, OBE, Leader of Wiltshire Council, will unveil a special plaque at around 5pm to mark the event we'll be featuring this live on our Facebook page.

In the meantime, here are a few interesting stories about the centre...

  • The community art exhibition wall has been fully booked since the middle of last year. We have had exhibitions from local art groups, local schools, local photographers and local sculptures it is incredibly popular.
  • DANCE SIX-0 (a locally established dance group of over 60s they also running sessions for people with dementia and their carers) regularly uses the centre and they are performing today at 5.30pm
  • Swan Advocacy ran a partnership event around the topic of Domestic Abuse last November.
  • The Royal British Legion's Advice and Guidance section are based at the centre twice a month to offer info/advice to veterans and their families and ex-veterans and their families.
  • Wessex Chamber of Trade used the venue for a business clinic in December last year this is with a view to doing more around business events and networking in the future.
  • Wiltshire's Neighbourhood Watch Scheme was relaunched here last November.
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The plaque is ready and so are the people of Salisbury! There are lots of people here having fun - and there's still time to come down and join in if you're in the area.


The event is about to start, so while we wait, let's have a look at a few facts about Five Rivers Health and Wellbeing Centre...

Here are the external partners who use Five Rivers

  • Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service, Citizens Advice Wiltshire, while Salisbury Community Cardiac Care Team (CCG) and Community Police Teams regularly meet here in the atrium.

And some of the sports clubs:

  • Salisbury Stingrays Swimming Club, Aspire Martial Arts, Rugby Tots, futzal, walking football voluntary group, walking netball voluntary group, 2,000+ swimming lessons, open badminton group, athletics and running club, walking groups, Wiltshire College, eight local schools for swimming, Salisbury Tri-Club, Nifty Fifties (bowling and badminton for over 50s), Wiltshire FA, Blue Jays Netball Club, Swans Football Club, Disability Sports Group (supported by Wiltshire Council Sports Development).

Other groups who use the centre:

  • Salisbury Area Youth Music Jazz Ensemble, Amnesty International, Samaritans run training here for their volunteers, Salisbury Sling Library (slings for babies), SW Mencap New Horizons, Action on Addiction, Triple P Parenting Team (Wiltshire Council), Local Youth Network Management Group and the Health and Wellbeing Group.

3:58pm, 9 February 2017 

Before we get today's celebrations under way, here's the programme of events - there's a lot to see and do!

Time ActivityLocation

4:30pm - 6:00pm

4:30pm - 6:30pm

Area board priorities exhibition stands

Area Board partners exhibition stands including:

  • Citizens Advice Wiltshire
  • Dorset and Wilts Fire and Rescue Service
  • Wiltshire Police
  • The Royal British Legion
  • Salisbury City Council
  • The Salisbury Museum
  • South Wilts Mencap
  • Salisbury District Hospital

Tea and cake available

The Wessex Community Circus Workshop

Bouncy castle

Birthday party table

5-a-side junior football tournament

Face painting

Balloon modelling

Arts and crafts workshop

Crèche play equipment 

Fire engine

Skills and training marketplace

Activity Room 2



Sports Hall

Sports Hall

Sports Hall

Sports Hall



Wylye Room

Wylye Room

Car park

Activity Room 1

4:30pm - 4:45pmSalisbury Cathedral School choir performanceAtrium
5pm - 6pmHealthy eating workshopTraining Kitchen
5:15pm - 6pmDrama WorkshopActivity Room 3
5:30pm - 5:45pmDANCE SIX-0 dance performance

Dance Studio

6pm - 6:30pm

Starcast performing arts performance

Walking netball


Sports Hall

Last updated: 15 February 2017 | Last reviewed: 15 February 2017

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