Gedney Drove End You Club in plea for new games and equipment

Children from Gedney Drove End will be sad to lose their Connect 4 game. SG200516-302TW
Children from Gedney Drove End will be sad to lose their Connect 4 game. SG200516-302TW
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A youth club that set up last year has put out a plea for games to be donated because on-loan items are being reclaimed by Lincolnshire County Council.

The council loaned a giant Connect 4 and oversized skittles to the club when it launched in January 2015.

There is nothing else for them to do.

Vice-chairman Natalie Winford

But it has taken back the Connect 4, temporarily replacing it with another until the end of July, and wants its skittles back too.

Gedney Drove End Youth Club is a lifeline for youngsters in a village where there is no shop and little to do.

Its vice-chairman Natalie Winford said the club raises funds but the cash is swallowed up by the cost of hiring the hall, having guest speakers to lead a various activities and outings like a forthcoming trip to The Deep, a huge aquarium with sharks and rays among the sea creatures, in Hull.

She said the club needs some sturdy equipment to stand up to repeated use by the youngsters and to give them some fun activities.

Natalie said: “There’s no buses and no shops.

“We tend to do really well on our club tuck shop because the youngsters stock up for the weekend.

“There is nothing else for them to do.

“You couldn’t just let the kids go to the park on their own because it is so remote.”

The club is held in Gedney and Dawsmere Village Hall from 6.30pm-8.30pm on Fridays and there are 60 children on the books with ages ranging from five to 17 years.

Natalie said around 20 youngsters attend weekly, with all ages meeting together because they get on so well.

The club has checked out Connect 4 games and ideally would like to have one costing £399 because it’s high quality and tough enough to stand up to use by the boys “who are all a bit robust”. The club would also welcome donations of other good quality games and items for its dressing-up box.

• Please call chairman Chris Harris on 07983 724688 if you can help.

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New youth club is taking off