Post by Vicky Ayech
Does anyone in Ambridge run any activities for children during term
time or in the holidays? I mean like Brownies, cubs, woodcraft,
Not in Ambridge, but the local school seems the most likely place for
after school or holiday activities.
I wouldn't be surprised if a Brownie group, or similar, was held in the
village hall, but that wouldn't help with looking after bored children
in the school holidays.
Post by Vicky Ayech
Maybe Bridge Farm should set something up. Pat could do a Woodcraft
group, based on farming and animal skills and maybe let the kids do
gardening, growing things in a partch of ground. Henry could do it and
Ed and WIll's children too. And there must be others locally.
We know Hayley ran something at Lower Loxley, for schools and
visitors. Pat could do that and get Phoebe to help in the holidays and
..who else is around? Johnny maybe too. Mothers who bring the kids to
activities and wait in the cafe and spend money .
I would imagine that Elizabeth found somebody to replace Hayley, it just
wasn't worthy of bringing it to our intention. To me, it sounded as if
these activities at Lower Loxley were very like the ones that I assist
with, in a voluntary capacity. We cater for school trips in term time,
'Hayley' leads the children in the educational activity that the school
has selected, with the aid of one or two of us volunteers, plus the
teachers and any helpers that they brought with them. In the school
holidays we ('Hayley' and several volunteers) provide a few free craft
activities for our visitors. It is an extra attraction that seems to
draw families in (sometimes more than once during a holiday). Family
groups drop in as they pass, we explain the week's activities, and the
children get stuck in to whichever ones they fancy, ideally with any
necessary help coming from their parents. The adults can sit and watch
their charges from a little distance, but can not wander off and leave
their children with us. Once the youngsters have created their
masterpieces, they can take them with them as the family moves on to
explore the place further.
I could imagine there being some limited play facilities in the corner
of the tea room, to occupy children while their parents look over them
and have a cuppa. That might draw some families in, but it might put
other customers off. The fact they it would take up room where they
might have a few more tables, would also need consideration.
Much as some people in Ambridge might like someone to entertain their
children during school holidays, I can't see any of the Ambridgites that
we know of starting a new child care venture. There is nobody around, at
present, who has the right training to consider doing this.