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2023 round-up from the Bodmin & District Horizon Club

It's great to see what the local clubs and groups have been getting up to. As the year nears its close, Bodmin & District Horizon Club's team leader Karen Balsdon-Johnson provides a round-up of the year's activities.

This year has seen a rise in not only members numbers, but also in our wonderful volunteers – there

have been changes with our long-standing Chair Lady Margaret Hammond standing down after

supporting the Club for over 20 years, and our new Chair Lady Anna Coad taking her post from

previously undertaking the treasurer’s role.

Luckily the Club has continued to be supported by the local community including the Lions, joint

fireworks committee, Masons, local councillors, Bodmin Mayor, supporting the annual awards celebrations in July and offering further support. It was great to see the members recognised for their

achievements in various tournaments and personality awards sharing with the local community.

The club logo.

This year we have seen a packed diary of events including a new actor Lee Quinney show with live

music arts and crafts Valentine's disco. On pancake night we also had some workshops due to lottery

funding; members thoroughly enjoyed showcasing their talents to family and friends. We had the wonderful Jim Tilly, who has regularly supported the club over the years; we've done a lot of our own in-house games such as 'deal or no deal' bingo. We also celebrated the King's Coronation on the 4th of May 2023 with a Coronation party food and disco, and we commissioned our own keyrings for all the members to keep in recognition of the special occasion.

We have had various evenings of Skittles at St Breward Football Club. We had the tournaments which were very popular this year, with members supporting a lot of the activities; we had the Horizon Club's Bake Off evening with a phenomenal 15 cakes for everybody to try - it was very difficult to find a winner! We then had the Bodmin District's Horizon Club’s birthday evening, celebrating all the members' talents achievements and personality awards.

There has also been the opportunity to try new activities like the pottery workshop, which has been

great fun, and we also invited the creature feature show where the members met some rescue

animals that are no longer able to live their previous owners and are now used to educate the public, raising funds.

The club had its first fun day at Camelford Leisure Centre with team games, football games, lots of indoor activities, face painting, barbecue and cakes, hot and cold drinks, all hosted by the Camelford Leisure Centre, and funded by kind donations from Asda community champion Jackie Lavender plus other local businesses.

Very excitedly this year we will be going on a Dingle's trip at the end of October, courtesy of the Lions. Because of the kind donations that we have received this year, we have been also been able to fund a trip to the Hall of Cornwall to watch Peter Pan in early December 2023.

As the year draws to a close, we have other fantastic activities and there will be more coming up

such as the Guy competition supporting the joint fireworks event, and also, we will be

supporting the St Petroc's tree festival and the Lions' Christmas fair with crafts to sell from

members and the Christmas card competition. We look forward to our annual Christmas

party at the end of the year on the 14th December, where members get to meet Father

Christmas. We also give out Christmas presents for all the members.

The club restarts again on the 11th January and if anybody is interested in supporting the club or

maybe volunteering, even if its fortnightly or monthly, we are always looking for volunteers. If

you are an individual who is looking for a club like ours I would always recommend that people take

a look at our website at where you can see all the activities that we have been


Thank you to the community for looking after the Bodmin and District Horizon Club and always

supporting the activities, but also recognising that this is a club that's very much needed in these

times of austerity, especially with also many services can facilities and opportunities not available.

Karen Balsdon-Johnson


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