‘Moving forward for youngsters’

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A village youth club is hoping to draw a line under its recent troubles to make a fresh start.

Gosberton Youth Club closed its doors several weeks ago after a row developed between the people at its helm and a playgroup which shared its premises.

But after a “painful” period for the group, it is hoped it could get back to normal – possibly as soon as this week – following a productive meeting last Tuesday.

A new board of trustees was elected – a mixture of new blood and experience – and members of the community put themselves forward to offer their help to move the group forward.

Gosberton Baptist Minister, the Rev Steve Weatherley-Barton, who is also a trustee, said: “It’s going to be lots of hard work but there seems to be a lot of goodwill.

“There was also a great response from the young people themselves, who are really keen to get things moving.”

Work will now be done to ensure that relevant people are CRB checked to ensure they can work with the young people and in the meantime trustees who are already CRB checked will run sessions.

A number of people have also said they would like to undertake youth leadership training.

Mr Weatherley-Barton also thanked those who used to run the youth club, but have stepped aside as a result of the recent problems.

He said: “They did a fantastic job of breathing life into the youth club.

“They were very experienced and we couldn’t wouldn’t have such a successful and popular club without them.

“In a sense there are no winners from this situation.

“It has been painful for everyone but hopefully in the long-run we can rebuild the youth club.

“At the heart of all this is the young people and they deserve a good youth club.”