New youth club is taking off

Happy faces by the pool table as youngsters celebrate the opening of the new youth club. Photo (TIM WILSON): SG300115-154TW
Happy faces by the pool table as youngsters celebrate the opening of the new youth club. Photo (TIM WILSON): SG300115-154TW

A new youth club in Gedney Drove End is really taking off – with more than a little help from its friends.

Two local firms, J E Piccaver and A-S Energy Solutions, offered cash support to help the group set up.

Councillor Sarah Wilkinson and George Lee, from J E Piccaver, judging the club's badge competition. SG300115-157TW

Councillor Sarah Wilkinson and George Lee, from J E Piccaver, judging the club's badge competition. SG300115-157TW

Youth club committee chairman Paul Johnson said Moulton Seas End Youth Club also donated equipment following its closure due to lack of numbers and Lincolnshire County Council’s youth services provided liaison officers to help volunteers at the club.

Now in its fourth week, the club already attracts 30-plus members and Paul says that’s a really great turnout for such a small village.

Ages range from five to 17 years.

Youngsters took part in a competition to design the logo for their own club.

Callum Hanson caught on camera during a game of table tennis. SG300115-152TW

Callum Hanson caught on camera during a game of table tennis. SG300115-152TW

Judges councillor Sarah Wilkinson and George Lee, from J E Piccaver, picked out Lucy Reeves’ entry for first prize – and she won a £10 voucher and a free night at the club. Joint runners-up won tuck shop tokens.

The club’s committee was formed in August last year, but the doors didn’t open until everything was ready on January 9.

Paul said: “We have about 33 members so far, which is increasing every week, so it goes to show how badly the youth club was needed by the village.

“We have two separate age ranges with a cross over period. Ages five to 11 meet 6-8pm and ages 12 to 17 meet 7.30-9.30pm. Subscriptions are £1 per member per night. Everyone is welcome.”

Charlie Hobson sends the skittles tumbling. SG300115-155TW

Charlie Hobson sends the skittles tumbling. SG300115-155TW

Youngsters have everything they need to play pool, table tennis, air hockey or table football. They can also use computers, play Connect Four or enjoy the craft corner.

Paul said: “It is hard to believe that six months ago this was just an idea on paper and yet we have opened and now our members are enjoying our facilities.”

Fellow committee members are Natalie Winford, Andrea Bennett, Jemma Jones, Tina Bradshaw and Melani Smith. Adult volunteers are still being sought.

Youth club members with their leaders and guests at Gedney Drove End Village Hall. SG300115-156TW

Youth club members with their leaders and guests at Gedney Drove End Village Hall. SG300115-156TW