New kids on the block
Sweaty Mama’s group has just joined Framwellgate Moor Youth & Community Centre’s growing range of activities. Sweaty Mama is a unique and effective way to exercise whilst you bond with your child during a 45 minute session. There is no need to organise childcare to get to the gym as Sweaty Mama allows you to spend quality time with your child whilst you undertake the workout. Dianne Nelson adapts exercises to suit all ages and development of the child, as well as suit the fitness level of the Mama. Please contact: Phone: 07429516556 or

Carpet Bowls group leaves – Colin Lowery, whose group have been carpet bowling at Framwellgate Moor Youth & Community Centre for many years, has now finally retired. We wish him and his group well and appreciate the time that they have spent at the Community Centre.

Community cafe development

The week including Friday 15 November we promoted Children in Need with a range of activities including a raffle and quiz as well as selling delicious cakes and drinks. Overall over £90 was raised for the charity

First ever community fitness week at Framwellgate Moor Youth & Community Centre
The first community week from 4-10 November went extremely well at Framwellgate Moor Youth & Community Centre. Emma Spencer organised it to coincide with her Boxercise class and introduce new members to the ways in which exercise can improve well being. Each member of her class, new and regular, brought along a non-perishable item of food to the class to donate to a local Food Bank.

The week commencing 5 November saw many donations made to the Remembrance day appeal (to which all proceeds from sales were made). The cafe was decorated with poppy appeal information. Visitors included residents from St Aidan’s Care home, members of the general public and our user groups.

We are delighted to announce that the Community cafe has opened to everyone starting from Tuesday November 5 at 1000. It will be open from 1000 to 1500 on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays each week. Staffed by New College students, we will sell tea/coffee and delicious refreshments during New College term time. Please drop in and enjoy a cuppa and a chat…

Macmillan coffee morning – New College students at Framwellgate Moor Youth & Community Centre

Durham New College students, in conjunction with Framwellgate Moor Youth & Community Association, ran a very successful Macmillan coffee morning on Friday September 27. Altogether the students raised an excellent £145.62 to help this important charity by selling refreshments, cakes and running a popular tombola. 

New College students prepared all the cakes and refreshments beforehand and they also helped out by serving visitors at their tables.

The students helped out in every way showing a professionalism and keenness in all that they did. Students also acted as front of house and welcomed visitors.

The Tombola table was prepared by students who helped to organise a variety of prizes – all of which had been donated- it is shown ready to go.

There was an excellent attendance at Centre’s new cafe where members of the public and New College staff and students enjoyed delicious refreshments and coffee or tea.

New College students visit

Students hard at work in the garden

On Thursday 29 August, Framwellgate Moor Youth & Community Centre had a very pleasant and rewarding visit from students at New College Durham. The students were accompanied by 3 members of New College staff – Karen Ridley, Maureen Airey and Joy Allan. The students were well motivated and carried out several jobs with great success – gardening, painting over areas that had been rendered, providing refreshments in the new kitchen/cafe, improving the look of outside notices, tidying up an internal storage area. All students were polite, worked hard and carried out their jobs well. They were a credit to New College.

Relaxing after a hard afternoon’s work.

After all the hard work, students, staff and FMYCA trustees relaxed and chatted in the new kitchen/cafe area, whilst enjoying the refreshments produced by the New College ‘catering’ group. It was an enjoyable experience, thanks to Ken Gates’ organisation, the attendance of Ian Rudd and Peter Sykes and the cooperation of students and staff from New College. We hope to repeat the visit in the future and New College are thinking about how they could use the new kitchen/cafe in the coming months.

New kitchen/cafe area

View of new kitchen

The new kitchen/cafe area has been completed. Thanks to a grant of £45000 from the Garfield Weston Foundation 60th Anniversary fund.

New Cafe

It will allow current user groups to use the kitchen/cafe area for leisure and meetings and attract new individuals/groups to use it. We have plans to offer further catering opportunities in the future. Please drop in and take a look, we are sure you will enjoy it ….