Friday, 18 June 2021

Hundreds attend HOPS though future uncertain

HUNREDS of children enjoyed this year?s Henley Outdoor Play Scheme

HUNREDS of children enjoyed this year?s Henley Outdoor Play Scheme.

Almost 250 youngsters attended each day of the week-long holiday scheme held at Trinity School in Church Street.

HOPS takes place each year during the second week of the summer school holidays and has been running for more than 35 years.

This year?s attractions included workshops and activities involving arts and crafts, a beauty parlour, woodwork, cookery, cricket coaching, a bouncy castle, needlework and an obstacle course.

The play scheme is run by a group of about 50 volunteers including parents and young adults. Children aged six to 12 can attend.

HOPS chairman Vanessa Lakatos, of New Street, said: "The week has gone really well and we filled most of the places on most days.

"It gives the children a chance to be free and manage their own time in a way they wouldn't normally get to.

"They structure their own day and it's all up to them. When they've been running around they've seemed really happy.

"The younger ones can be a bit nervous on their first day but the helpers show them round and they settle in and enjoy it."

Mrs Lakataos, whose daughters Jana, 12, and Yasmin, nine, took part, thanked Tesco Henley for donating fruit for the tuck shop and Tattie Bumpkins, First Soccer coaching, Steph Maxwell and Wilkins removals for their help.

Mrs Lakatos is stepping down as chairwoman after two years and has warned that HOPS may close if a successor cannot be found. A new treasurer is also needed.

If you're interested in either of the roles or in joirning the organising committee, send an email to

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