Opening of Club House for Wrekin Riders BMX Track Club

In 2018 Kirsty Smallman made an eye opening presentation to Wellington Rotary. We were unaware of the national standard Wrekin Riders BMX Track Club at Dawley, which Telford & Wrekin Council had funded. A couple of the club’s members went along to see the site with Kirsty and it was apparent that being located on top of a hill it is exposed to the winds coming across from the Black Country and the temporary gazebos weren’t cutting it and there was a need for weatherproof welfare facilities. 

Brian tries some fitness in the welfare unit with the kitchen in the background
Saara Reynolds (Wrekin Riders’ Safeguarding Officer) cleans up with the twinning certificate on display
Rotary Plaza with presentation team. The council’s contribution is buried under the grass

We all agreed that Wellington Rotary would donate a Club House and this was sited in a temporary location in March 2019, comprising a 32ft x 12ft site container housing kitchen, changing/first aid room and club room. A 20ft x 10ft site toilet unit was funded with a matching Rotary District Grant and this was delivered later that year.

Since then Telford & Wrekin Council and Dawley Council have financed the hard standing and drainage respectively. Being delayed by the pandemic restrictions the facilities completion was celebrated on Wednesday 15th September 2021. Wrekin Riders leaders Kirsty and Saara with some young riders, The Mayor and Deputy Mayor of Dawley were present, together with Peter Seaward and Brian Richards from Wellington Rotary.

As part of the campaign by the Toilet Twinning charity to provide latrine facilities in developing countries, Wellington Rotary sponsored the club toilets to be twinned with new latrines in Panyagor, South Sudan. We took this opportunity to hand over the certificate which is now displayed in the site toilets. This contributed to make Wellington a Toilet Twinned Town.

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