Monday, 21 June 2021

Little Lambs launches to fill playgroup gap

A NEW toddler group has been relaunched in Henley

A NEW toddler group has been relaunched in Henley.

Little Lambs meets every Friday at the Christ Church Centre in Reading Road. It replaces the Nappy Wearers group, which was also based at the centre but closed last month after 25 years when organiser Louise Pegler stood down as her children were too old to attend any more.

Now Debbie Byrne, who is the family worker at the centre and used to help run the Nappy Wearers sessions, has launched the new group at the request of parents.

About 18 families attended the first session on Friday.

Ms Byrne, from Sonning Common, said: “I managed to get it up and running — it was a bit of a push but it’s worth it because people love coming here.

“It’s in the same room with all the same toys because Nappy Wearers gave all the toys to the church. They have helped enormously by doing that.”

Ms Byrne also runs Messy Church at the centre from 4pm to 6pm on the second Friday of every month.

She said: “A lot of the people who came on Friday have been coming to the other group for a few years.

“Young families in Henley need somewhere to go with their children that is a safe space and so they can have a breather, both parents and children. It’s a great place for children to learn how to share and play as well as giving parents a chance to meet new friends. It’s especially good for people moving to the town.

“People want something simple for their children and don’t need to spend a lot of money.”

Little Lambs runs from 10am to noon and costs £3 per family or £1.50 if the child is under one.

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