Wednesday, 20 June 2018

Foam slide goes down well at summer playscheme

CHILDREN had fun with foam at the Henley outdoor playscheme, which ran all last week, writes Chloe Kennedy.

CHILDREN had fun with foam at the Henley outdoor playscheme, which ran all last week, writes Chloe Kennedy.

They cooled off in the heat by covering themselves with soap suds and speeding down a slide on the sports field at Trinity Primary School.

Each day, there was a different form of entertainment including fencing, archery and pony rides. There was also water zorbing, swing boats, a bouncy castle, an assault course and creative activities such cookery, woodwork and arts and crafts.

On one day, the children had a chance to meet animals including an armadillo, chameleon, Brazilian spider and a snake which slithered over their bodies when they laid down.

Jack Browett, eight, of Woodlands Road, Shiplake, said the foam slide was his favourite activity.

He said: “I like the foam because you get soaked as you slide down, it’s wet and it’s fun. It’s better than a holiday.” Cleo Sutherland, eight, who lives in Henley, said she enjoyed the foam because it was “messy” but also had fun cooking.

The playscheme, which has been running for 35 years, is organised with the help of 28 volunteers.

Leader Emma Hempshall, of Western Way, Henley, said: “It’s a brilliant scheme and I love being involved. The kids love it and it brings people of different ages together to help.”

She is now stepping down after being in charge for five years because her children have grown up. She will be replaced by Vanessa Lakatos who said: “The week went really well and I hope it will run just as well next year.”

The playscheme, which costs £15 a day per child, is a registered charity and helps those parents who otherwise couldn’t afford it.

Members of the committee are given free entry for their children. For more information, visit www.hopshenley.co.uk

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