And off to the Meriden Community Centre for another warm welcome and to learn that a good community is one where you can go and insult all your friends, they laugh with you and remain your friends. The Meriden has a community run bar that has created a family oriented safe place where young and old can find a same place to meet an talk to others in the community. Much of its success seems based on the act of listening, talking to newcommers and welcoming people in. We were told the inspiring story of how the local community raised the funds, by going door to door around the estate, to build the original community centre in the late 60’s.


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