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One hundred and one-year-old Riverview Country Park resident Walter Childs opens on-site community hub in Forres


By Garry McCartney

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Bill Gray (left) gives the thumbs up as Walter Childs cuts the ribbon to officially open the new community hub.
Bill Gray (left) gives the thumbs up as Walter Childs cuts the ribbon to officially open the new community hub.

A FORMER shop in a residential area at Mundole has been turned into a community hub.

Riverview Country Park residents, staff and the owners have refurbished the building for alternative uses such as social gatherings.

Walter Childs moved to the park seven years ago aged 94. The 101-year-old was proud to open the new facility.

He said: “I was really honoured to have been chosen to open this beautiful building. I’m looking forward to future events in the Hub, where I can meet with friends and neighbours.”

Bill Gray, Carol Maddocks (park manager) and Janet Reid (chairperson) at the official opening.
Bill Gray, Carol Maddocks (park manager) and Janet Reid (chairperson) at the official opening.

Riverview office manager Carol Maddocks confirmed The Hub will be open everyday from 9am-5pm for residents to pop in - a diary will also be available for residents wishing to book the space for private use.

She said: “The Hub is a traditional, homely, wooden-clad building with a warm, welcoming interior that includes an equipped kitchen and soft seating area. It’s a versatile multi-use space that has been collectively refurbished.

“We are open to ideas. One resident is already offering evening support groups as well as a dog therapy class. The Hub recently offered the ideal venue to host a charity coffee morning organised by another resident.”

Camelo Parks Ltd took over the management of Riverview in 2021.

There are now more than 100 homes on the site. The Hub creates a focal point for their owners.

Mrs Maddocks finished: “We want to bring the residents together in a shared space where they can make their own choice of activities. Whether it’s a film or quiz night, charity events, craft making, yoga, family occasions. The list is endless.

“This will combat isolation and build trust, helping the neighbourhood to become a better place where friendships are formed and individuals thrive.”

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Residents enjoying the facilities.
Residents enjoying the facilities.


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