Clare Hudson hands over the reins at Community@67

January 06 2016
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Keynsham’s Community@67 has welcomed Martin Bruton as its new chair.

January 2016

Keynsham’s Community@67 has welcomed Martin Bruton as its new chair.

Martin, who has been acting as secretary of the organisation’s management committee and became a trustee in August, takes over from Clare Hudson, who has been chair for the past five years.

Clare’s departure was announced at Community@67’s fourth annual general meeting and a spokesperson said: “Clare has been a hard-working, determined and devoted leader of the community group and her enormous energy and resolve will be missed in that role.”

In her last chairman’s report, Clare told residents and @67 supporters that it had been a momentous year for the organisation, which attained charitable status in 2015.

An extension at its Queens Road base was also completed, allowing more activities to be introduced for the community.

Residents and supporters also marked the fifth anniversary in July with a Celebration Week, with activities ranging from an Employability Day supported by the National Careers Service, Job Centre Plus, Curo, the Army Reserves and City of Bath College, to a fun day with outdoor games, messy play and face painting.

Community@67 is home to a variety of clubs, including a book club, job club, maths club, Scrabble club, arts and crafts club, breakfast club and internet cafe, and all reported rising membership at the meeting.

The spokesperson added that as well as the support of the management committee, Martin would also be helped by Clare in his new role and added: “Clare has been an inspiration to us all with her incredible energy and enthusiasm and we thank her from the bottom of our hearts for the sterling work she has done throughout her tenure as chair.”