Bradbury Centre, promoting mental and physical wellbeing

The centre offers a full range of activities for over 60s, as well as its well-known lunch club

Our extension is now complete and we have taken delivery of our new furniture, this was made possible thanks to the SSE Achany Community Fund. The blinds are also in place with a grant from Gordon & Ena Baxter Foundation towards the cost. The main room is now an inviting space for our clients and also for the community who may wish to hire the centre for functions.

October and November were very busy months with lots of activities including musical entertainers Hamish Menzies & Hamish Polson traveling from Dingwall to get everyone’s feet tapping, also the talented Evergreen band who we are lucky to have at the centre every few weeks. The Highland cycle ability centre were back for a third time, some of our clients hadn’t been on a bike in a very long time and this opportunity gave them a lot of enjoyment, you could hear the laughter all over Cherry Grove. Some of our clients paid a second visit to the Kyle of Sutherland Hub and enjoyed a morning of crafts with the children, we hope to repeat this regularly. Isabella Dance came to the centre for her regular music & movement class which gets everyone exercising to music. We are lucky to have a band of volunteers who give up their time to come along and help with the daily activities at the centre. At the moment the clients are making boxes and cards for Christmas with the help of Liz Sawyer. The local school children came along for a Halloween party, it was great to see children and adults enjoying playing games together.

The centre has been awarded a grant from the SSE Resilient Communities Fund for the installation of a change over switch to allow us to use a generator in the event of a power cut. SSE will provide the generator if an occasion arises where the community needs an emergency centre for warmth, food and saftey.

Our AGM in October Mary Stobo’s term as a director came to an end, we thank her for all her hard work over the last six years. Sheila Fletcher has now returned to the board after a break of 2 years.

With Brendan MacPhee at Eden Court.

The 28th November saw us go to Eden Court for an evening with the talented accordion player Brendan MacPhee and his tribute to Jimmy Shand. We were lucky to meet him after the show and get a photo taken.

We are looking forward to decorating the new space and being able to fit all our clients in comfortably for the Christmas Party this year, on the 18th of December with entertainment from Evergreen band. Our Carol service is on the 20th December at 11 am, please come along and join us. The centre closes for Christmas at 3pm on Friday the 20th December and opens again on the 6th of January.  At the beginning of December we started making the Christmas wreaths, they will be for sale at Bradbury Centre for £12.

The centre’s new main room.

About the centre

The Bradbury Centre is a Wellbeing Hub for the over 60s and younger adults with special needs. The centre is place where you can socialize with old friends and make new acquaintances while enjoying the activities on offer. The day begins with morning coffee and a light snack followed by the activities which may include musical entertainers, crafting, flower arranging a range of activities to promote mental and physical wellbing. We serve a two course lunch followed by bingo or a quiz all of this for £5 per day! If you would like to see what’s on offer please pop in for a chat.

by Lorraine Askew, Bradbury Centre Manager

Bradbury centre website and email


Last Updated on 5 October, 2020 by Kyle Chronicle

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