Tuesday, June 25, 2024

UKIP councillor cuts ribbon at new cafe in Belhus Boxing Club

UKIP councillor Chris Baker cut the ribbon to open the new cafe within Belhus Park Kick Boxing Club.

Cllr Chris Baker said: "Vivian Blundell has done remarkably well and put in a huge amount of work into the cafeteria. It was an absolute pleasure for me to open the premises. I can say with out a doubt the food is delicious and the prices are very reasonable.

"The club goes way back when it was a boxing club and first opened in 1955 in the gymnasium of the former Ockendon Courts School which I was once a member.

Then in 1963, Thurrock Council built a gym for the Belhus Park Boxing Club . The club has done remarkably well over the years and kept a lot of young people off the streets and given them self confidence and belief in themselves.

The club has made some very good boxers and fighters over the years and here we are today.

"The new layout is remarkable on one side is the boxing ring the other side is the kick boxing section. Obviously new members would be made very welcome."

Vivian Blundell said: "My dad helped to physically build this boxing club under the supervision of people like Norman Wheeler and Johnny Broadbent, men who in my dads eyes were two heroes of Belhus Park and a big influence on his younger life.

More than 50 years later my dad is now proudly the president of the Belhus Park Boxing Club. K1 cafe was an idea me and my dad had to bring the older and younger generation together again and back to the club, somewhere people can come and sit, drink tea and eat some good hearty home cooked food, but also eat healthily if they wish.

"Our ultimate goal is to keep the community together and I think that’s exactly what we will do."


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