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Open Event 22nd June 2013
Wolvey Village Hall

The Club’s open event on 22 June proved to be a great success with over 100 people, of all ages, taking part. The event aimed to raise awareness of the new Youth Club, to the local community and promote itself to new members in a fun and interesting way. An exciting line up of activities, inside and outside at the village hall, encouraged folks to stay and play for a good while. Lots of local experts gave their time and shared their talents and equipment free of charge.

Wolvey Table Tennis Club members and top league players gave an
impressive exhibition of their skills and also helped visitors to play.
  
Ted Buswell’s henna painting created a long
queue of people who chose their beautiful designs.
  
Les Cartwright organised ‘Beat the Keeper’ and the bouncy castle was another
fun chance to get a physical work out whilst our wonderful volunteer helpers
kept everyone topped up with squash, tea and cakes throughout the afternoon.
  
Jeff from JTS Falcons brought along a magnificent
array of birds of prey – owls and falcons.
  
Paul from Hill Street Youth and Community Centre offered
DJ skills and music for the afternoon. By popular request.
 
  

Franco, (ex-professional boxer and boxing coach with Rugby Borough Council’s  ‘On Track’ youth project) returned to Wolvey and was clearly a ‘big hit’ with both younger children and young people.

As a lead in to their ‘Big Gather’ event at Ryton Gardens on 13 July, Central Warwickshire Villages LEADER Programme provided two brilliant activities.  

Visitors had a go at apple pressing (core and all) to make their
own fresh juice assisted by master gardeners from Ryton Gardens.
  
Plus artist, Helen Clues facilitated the making of fabulous mosaic panels which
attracted a constant stream of budding mosaic artists who all contributed
their ideas, designs and made their mark to create exciting pieces of work.

Community members brought in keys, buttons, broken pottery, tiles and other bits and bobs to personalise the work. The panels will be continued over the next few weeks at planned village events and at the ‘Big Gather’ (where Wolvey will also be sharing their ‘Sixty Years of a Village at Play’ project). The mosaics should be installed in The Square and the School, later this year, for all to enjoy. 

The five young people involved with organising Youth Club, (Shara, Amie,
Coral, Katie and Caitlin) worked hard to encourage visitors to join activities
and looked the part in their new, purple, club polo shirts.

Many thanks to all who helped, especially our adult volunteers – Ruth Buswell, Margaret Cartwright, Nickie Boyle, Jenny Haughian, Marion Mitchell and Dave Jones and to Ruth, Caitlin and Nickie who made cakes and those who donated extra raffle prizes. All activities were free, thanks to grant funding by the Parish Council, LEADER and Rugby Borough Council, but donations for raffle and refreshments raised £70.55.

Some of the feedback from visitors included “Great day! Lots to do for all ages, fab leaders. Excellent!” and “Lovely day, great time for an old one”.

Laura Perkins, Volunteer Leader, Debbie Pengally, ‘On Track’ Youth Worker, Kate Jones, our new Assistant Volunteer Leader, Club members and myself were thrilled by the community’s support and hope to see you again at a future event.

The next youth club session is Monday, 15 July, 7.15-9.00pm when one of the activities will include uni-hockey with Kate our sports expert and another chance to add to the mosaic.

Since we officially started in January we’ve all been busy behind the scenes to establish the Club and Laura has completed levels of youth work training and undertaken other courses. We’ve been supported by Parish Councillors, Rugby Borough Council and Warwickshire Association of Youth Clubs to develop policies and work towards autonomy from the Parish Council who have been the Club’s lifeline. Thanks to Club parents’ - Nick Spann, Nickie Boyle and Jenny Haughian, agreeing to form a Management Committee with our older members we’ll soon be in a position to adopt a Constitution and become an independent community organisation. Particular thanks to Bozena Kuncewicz and Margaret Cartwright for being such excellent advocates for Wolvey’s young people, (as well as the many other jobs they’ve taken on for us).

 Barbara Jones
Volunteer Organiser





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