The Gateway celebrates its 30 year anniversary!

On Friday 5th December, the Gateway Education and Arts Centre in Shrewsbury, will be celebrating 30 years of opening to the public.

To mark the occasion Community Learning, which is part of Shropshire Council has organised an open day to celebrate and showcase the centre’s activities. The event will run from 10:00am until 4:00pm and visitors will be able to watch musical performances, art demonstrations and discuss the courses and activities that are available.

The Gateway was originally founded by the Roy Fletcher Trust and officially opened by HRH Princess Anne. During its 30 years, the centre has continually, delivered a wide range of community learning and arts activities, along with providing a cultural and education venue.

Sarah Lumley, Community Learning Manager says; “The open day is a great opportunity for anyone to come and find out a bit more about what goes on at The Gateway. Every season we are adding new courses to our schedule and there really is something for everyone.”

The Gateway Coffee Shop, will be offering a special 3 course Christmas taster menu along with their usual array of cakes.  Visitors on the day who sign up to a course will be offered a free tea or coffee. There will also be a range of competitions and prizes on offer.

Ann Hartley, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member for Children’s Services comments comments “Being creative or learning something new is so important to our wellbeing and happiness and The Gateway is a fantastic place to do this - I would encourage members of the public to come along and see what’s available for them and celebrate the success of this diverse and vibrant centre..”

From January 2015, the Gateway will be running its new schedule of courses to include:

machine embroidery, dressmaking, web design, using eBay, nutrition for children, pilates and yoga, plus a range of other classes. You can view the full list online at www.shropshire.gov.uk/gateway.nsf

If you are an artist or designer and are looking for an outlet to sell your work, The Gateway has an art gallery and display cabinets to hire.

The Community Learning Team also works closely within local communities in venues such as day centres or sheltered housing schemes, offering activities including arts, crafts, computing, music and dance.

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