An oasis in a rural village

Children and parents at Deeping St Nicholas Youth Club with county councillor Elizabeth Sneath (back row centre).
Children and parents at Deeping St Nicholas Youth Club with county councillor Elizabeth Sneath (back row centre).

Deeping St Nicholas Youth Club has only been going for a month but its popularity has led to it running throughout the summer holidays.

Aimed at children aged between seven and 11, the club offers games, arts, crafts and stories at St Nicholas Parish Church.

Youngsters making loom bracelets at youth club

Youngsters making loom bracelets at youth club

Rev Peter Garland, vicar of Deeping St Nicholas, said: “A group of people in the village decided it would be a good idea to start a youth club.

“They got some help from Lincolnshire County Council children’s services whose staff guided them through the process of setting the club up.

“But it was quite difficult for them to get some premises because everything had to be just right.

“So they came to us and we allowed them to have a big area at the back of the church which has worked out really well.”

The club has grown from seven to 24 children in just five weeks when activities included bracelet making, giant skittles and stories like George’s Marvellous Medicine by Roald Dahl.

There has also been support from Spalding Elloe ward county councillor Elizabeth Sneath who donated £500 to the club from the Big Society Fund.

Coun Sneath said: “I was delighted to support this lively new project which will benefit the young people of Deeping St Nicholas.”

For more details about the club, call Jayne or Nick on 01775 630924.