Category Archives: Providence Street


Last week we held our annual Easter Party at Providence Street Placeshaping Community Centre, and we were so pleased to see so many of you there!

We wanted to say a huge thank you to the KLFM Easter Egg appeal, where we were able to give all the children a chocolate easter egg, and even had some for prizes for the best decorated easter egg too! We look forward to seeing you all at the next event.


…so we would like to invite you to our Easter Party at the Providence Street Placeshaping Community Centre!

This will be held on Thursday 29 March, 1.30 – 3pm and there will be cupcakes, crafts and face painting!



A frightfully good day was had at the Providence Street Placeshaping Community Centre on Thursday 26 October as they hosted their annual Halloween Party. The Community Hall in the centre was transformed into a spook-tacular event for children of all ages came from across King’s Lynn and West Norfolk to enjoy during their half term break. We had a great turn out, with children coming from all over King’s Lynn!

The fun-filled afternoon featured a disco and pass the parcel, as well as prizes awarded for the best costumes.

As always some frighteningly good food was provided by the Hillington Square Community Cafe.


A while ago we wrote about Providence Street Placeshaping Community Centre’s new garden. They have now received £1000 from the Tesco Bags of Help community grant scheme, which will go towards the construction of disabled access for the Community Garden that is located outside the main entrance of the centre.

With the support of the environmental charity Groundwork, Tesco have been using money raised from the sale of plastic bags to provide money to community projects through their Bags of Help grants.


Robert Clarke, Director of Housing at Freebridge, said: “We are extremely grateful for the funding that Tesco have pledged to this project.

“Our new community garden has already proved popular with the local community and service users at Providence Street Placeshaping Community Centre, we couldn’t be more delighted that we can now make this fantastic new facility accessible to everyone who visits the centre.”


The Hillington Square Football Club, based out of Freebridge’s Providence Street Placeshaping Community Centre in King’s Lynn, was awarded Best Inclusive Project at the Norfolk Football Association Community Volunteer Awards.

The awards were judged by a national panel of experts which included World Cup winner Sir Geoff Hurst. The ceremony was held at Sprowston Manor Hotel on Friday 25 August 2017 and winners received various prizes including match tickets, coaching bursaries, kit or equipment.

The sessions remain free of charge and the 15 to 20 children who regularly attend each session range between 8-14 years old, and come to the club from a variety of cultural backgrounds to take part in games and training drills.

The Norfolk FA put Freebridge employee Alice Henderson and one of the clubs members, Andris Vasilevskis, through their level 1 coaching qualification so that they could continue to develop the footballing skills of those involved.

Alice Henderson, team coach and Freebridge employee, said: “I am delighted that the volunteers and young people that attend these football sessions have been recognised for their commitment to the club.

“A lot of the young people are the same children I met when I first began coaching them, and seeing them develop their skills, both on the pitch and socially has been great.”

Through their close links to Freebridge and Providence Street the Football Club have also been able to get involved in a number other activities and community events in and around the area, including the Hillington Square Summer Fete.

Robert Clarke, Director of Housing at Freebridge, said: “It’s great to see that one of the groups that we are supporting through our Providence Street Placeshaping Community Centre has received such a clear endorsement.

“To receive recognition from a judging panel made up of such iconic names is testament to the hard work that all those involved have put in to make the club a success.”


Providence Street Placeshaping Community Centre has become an important part of Hillington Square, bringing community events to the residents of Hillington Square and the surrounding areas of King’s Lynn. Situated on the edge of Hillington Square, their garden has bloomed into life

The garden was funded by generous donations from Lovell, Arc Fabrications, ElecSure, KJ Plastering Ltd, Westcoast Windows, Osborn & Kent and Proctor Roofing and Ground Control.

The structural work on the garden was carried out by Freebridge Community Housing Property Services, whilst the planting and general upkeep will be maintained by volunteers from the centre and the community.

The Norfolk Youth Offending Team contributed benches for the garden from their workshop nearby, whilst fencing was provided by West Norfolk MIND.

Robert Clarke, Freebridge Director of Housing, said: “We are really pleased to see this great new space available in time for the summer.

“As we continue to use our Placeshaping team at Providence Street to improve communities across West Norfolk we would like to express our gratitude to all the businesses and charities who have supported this and the many other projects we’re involved with.

“We would like to invite members of the public to come down and hopefully enjoy some summer sun in the garden.”