|G.H.A.S (Great Horwood and Singleborough) Youth Club for Young People aged 11yrs-16yrs.
The idea of a Youth Club began at a Church Away Day in the Autumn of 2009, when the PCC were discussing how St James Church could better serve the Village, especially the Young People. Additionally they were aware that the Parish Plan had concluded that more recreational facilities were needed for the Youth of the Village.
Questionnaires were sent to all the Village households and received a positive response to the idea. Therefore a planning committee was set up of interested Adults and Young People who emphasised how important a Youth Club would be to sustain friendships especially at the time when they leave the village by different modes of transport to go to disparate Secondary Schools.
The Planning Committee agreed the Aims of the Youth Club to be:-
Initial funding to set up the Youth Club came from Bucks County Council, St James Church and the Lord of the Manor. The Young People on the Planning Committee suggested a variety of activities to appeal to all tastes and interests. G.H.A.S commenced in September 2010, with Ann Harwood (Curate) as leader.
Now in 2015, Monica Gilbey is Chair and Adult Leader. 21 Young People are registered and meet regularly in the Village Hall on most Monday evenings in term time. At present, GHAS is ‘excellent in financial terms’ due in the main to the support from the Local Area Forum and the Parish Council. A variety of activities are offered, ranging from table tennis, Wii games, softball tennis to craftwork, giant jenga, cooking etc. We now purchase activities from Youth for Christ which include Pop Up Cafe and Sports Cage, and I-van is purchased from Community Impact, Bucks.
Some Young People’s Views:-
“Great Horwood Youth Club is really fun and all the activities are great, there are new things each week”
“Tonight we have done sumo wrestling which was really enjoyable. The adults are friendly and help you if you are stuck”
“I think the Youth Club is amazing. It’s a great place to socialise”
Chairman’s Report 28th September 2015
I would like to welcome all GHAS Youth Club members and their parents to our AGM. I will keep my report very short because we are all keen to start rehearsing and to enjoy ourselves.
I would like to say congratulations to Jake, Issy and Daisy who this year achieved their Young Leaders Award. WELL DONE YOU THREE. We are very proud of you.
Also, I want to thank all the Adult Helpers……Liz, Amy John, David and Ruth….without you this Youth Club could not continue. I would also like to thank all the Young People who came with me and spoke at the LAF Meeting to support our application for funding.
This leads me on to remind you all of some of our great evenings. You will remember I am sure, our amazing Rock Music evening with Ben, our Chinese take away evening, the skate park evening and the night at the M.K. Bowling rink to name but a few. Also we ran 5 stalls at the Church Fete, I hope you noticed the “thank you” in Focus.
The next few months should prove exciting. On November 14th we hope to entertain the village with our ‘Afternoon At The Ritz’ and raise money for Youth Club funds and for the National Autistic Society. Then at the beginning of December, we will be running a craft stall at the school’s Christmas Bazaar. I hope you will all help to make crafts to sell; all money collected will be divided between the school and GHAS. Don’t forget to enter your photo of the Village to include in our calendar; the best photo will win a prize.
Sadly I now have to tell you that David, our fantastic Treasurer and Safeguarding Officer, has decided to retire after 5 years of loyal service. We will all miss you David, you have been so very supportive and committed. Let’s give David a round of applause and also this small gift and card to show our appreciation.
John has agreed to take on these roles, proposed by Liz and seconded by Ruth.