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
There are lots of stands here today.
Partner servicesThe 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.
5.20pmAnd so has the ribbon!
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.
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!
4:30pm - 6:00pm
4:30pm - 6:30pm
Area board priorities exhibition stands
Area Board partners exhibition stands including:
Tea and cake available
Birthday party table
5-a-side junior football tournament
Arts and crafts workshop
Crèche play equipment
Skills and training marketplace
Activity Room 2
Activity Room 1
|4:30pm - 4:45pm||Salisbury Cathedral School choir performance||Atrium|
|5pm - 6pm||Healthy eating workshop||Training Kitchen|
|5:15pm - 6pm||Drama Workshop||Activity Room 3|
|5:30pm - 5:45pm||DANCE SIX-0 dance performance|
|6pm - 6:30pm|
Starcast performing arts performance