New Selsey family centre opens

A new centre which aims to entertain and educate children in the Manhood peninsula has opened its doors for the first time.

The new Selsey Children and Family Centre in East Street was officially opened by West Sussex County Council's deputy cabinet member for children and young people's services, Robert Dunn.

The centre's training room will be dedicated to the memory of Henry Vye, the original site manager for the project from Underwood Construction, who died after a short illness.

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The centre is open to residents in Selsey, East and West Wittering, Bracklesham Bay, West Itchenor, Sidlesham, Birdham and Earnley.

"The opening went very well and was well attended by local families. I think it was enjoyed by all," said the centre's information assistant Molly Miles.

"We had lots of good entertainment going on including clown magic and a steel band. We had a cutting ceremony and Rosemary Vye, widow to Henry, was touched by how the centre was being used and thought it was a good way to remember her husband."

The centre is owned by West Sussex County Council and is open Monday to Friday from 8am to 4pm.

It already has a wide range of services open to the public. This includes a stay and play session, where parents and carers can bring their children in to play.

There is also a toy library which is aimed at developing children's learning. The Messy Play art and crafts workshops are already proving very popular.

For more information contact centre manager Helena Rayss or Molly Miles on 01243 642906.

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