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:-
To provide a local resource for Young People.
To support Young People at the age of 11+ (or school year 6) to sustain their friendship groups.
To support and encourage community relations between the Young and not so Young of the Village.
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 2014, Monica Gilbey is Chair and Helen Grimditch is the Adult leader. 37 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”