Wednesday, 04 August 2021

Hundreds of children have fun at summer playscheme

THE Henley Outdoor Play Scheme is thriving under new management.

THE Henley Outdoor Play Scheme is thriving under new management.

Hundreds of children attended this year’s week-long holiday scheme at Trinity Primary School in Church Street, which is now organised by Emma Taylor after the previous chairwoman Vanessa Lakatos stepped down.

Woodwork, arts and crafts and cookery workshops took place on all five days while swing seats and bouncy castles were set up on the field behind the school. Premier Sport, of Henley, held classes in a range of activities from archery to “foot-golf”, an informal golf game played with footballs.

Steph’s Dancing Divas and Dudes taught children some moves and Henley leisure centre provided free squash tuition.

Other attractions included yoga, foam cannons, laser tag and “zorbing”, in which children run around inside inflatable spheres, plus a tuck shop with free fruit provided by Tesco in Reading Road.

Removals and storage firm Wilkins, of Newtown Road, provided free storage for the organisers’ kit.

Mrs Taylor, of Western Avenue, said: “It’s not like school, where the children are shuttled from one class to another, they’re free to choose what they do within a safe and welcoming environment.

“There’s always such a lovely atmosphere and the children really buddy up and take care of each other. There’s tons for them to do and no one is ever left alone.”

There had been fears for the future of the scheme, which has been running for about 40 years, if enough volunteers did not come forward to help run it.

But Mrs Taylor said: “It went very well. It’s always hard work but it’s worth it because it’s so rewarding to see how much fun the children have.”

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