Plan has come all together

Youngsters and youth workers at Long Sutton Youth Club at the Market House, Long Sutton.  ANL-140205-141806001
Youngsters and youth workers at Long Sutton Youth Club at the Market House, Long Sutton. ANL-140205-141806001

Young people from Long Sutton and elsewhere have a community-led town plan to thank for having their own youth club.

Led by parish priest Father Jonathan Sibley, the main priority identified by the plan’s steering steering committee in 2011 was for a youth club to set up for the town’s youngsters.

Rachel Stevens and Rebecca Thompson play table football.''ANL-140205-141530001

Rachel Stevens and Rebecca Thompson play table football.''ANL-140205-141530001

Since September 2013, Long Sutton Youth Club has provided a place to meet for 11 to 16-year-olds at the Market House, Market Street, every Thursday from 6pm until 9pm.

Charlotte Watling, worker in charge at the youth club, said: “I felt I could make a contribution to the community-led plan by helping to set up a youth club and fill a real gap in the community.

“On average, we get around 40 youngsters a week from Long Sutton, Sutton Bridge, Holbeach and various parts of the South Holland community which is good.

“Our overall aim is to get the young people to take on more of a leadership role by having ideas of their own which we can incorporate into the youth club.”

Long Sutton parish councillor and youth club management committee member Pauline Dickinson said: “I don’t think words can describe how pleased we are to have a youth club in Long Sutton and the atmosphere at the Market House every Thursday is wonderful.”

For more details about the club and volunteering as a youth leader, call Father Jonathan Sibley on 01406 362033.