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Youth Club

Buckland Newton Youth Club is a new

initiative run voluntarily by villagers

for the young people of the village. It

aims to provide a safe and stimulating

environment for 11-16 year olds to

meet, relax and have the opportunity to

join in a variety of structured activities

including music sessions, film nights,

bake-offs and sport events. The club

will also endeavour to foster strong

links with all age groups within the

village through organising special

events for the community.

Buckland Newton Youth Club meets on a Tuesday evening between 18.30 and 20.00 in Buckland Newton Village Hall, during term time. If you have or are a young person who would like to join Buckland Newton Youth Club, you must be in Yrs 6 - Yr 12 from Buckland Newton and the surrounding parishes, and is run by local volunteers . Some additional help to run the Buckland Newton Youth Club is needed. Could you help? Please get in touch with Kate Parish on 07860 582362 / 01300 345497 or e-mail BucklandNewtonYC@gmail.com Following the huge success of Buckland Newton Youth Club's Pantomime in a Day, Cinderella Rockerfella, in January the Youth Club members have enjoyed a very noisy night walk and celebrated pancake day. But perhaps most excitingly the older members of the Youth Club took part in its first residential ....... to London during the February half term! Meeting at Sherborne Station at 0920 on Tuesday 13 February, members and adult volunteers gathered to catch the 0935 London train. Despite having to unexpectedly change at Basingstoke and travel to Reading, then across London to Waterloo, the group arrived at their hotel, the Premier Inn City Hall, at about 1330 to drop off their bags. It was then a brisk walk up Whitehall to see Downing Street and Horseguards Parade before a picnic in Trafalgar Square. After lunch the group walked on to Covent Garden for a quick shopping spree, before spending the rest of the afternoon at the Transport Museum. Leaving the Transport Museum, the group managed to squeeze in a quick walk to Fortnum & Masons in Piccadilly. It was then time for dinner at the Golden Dragon in Gerrard Street, China Town. A weary group walked back to the hotel but were up early again the next morning for a great breakfast and a tube journey to Euston to the ellcome Collection to see the exhibition "The Cult of Beauty", which the girls in particular thoroughly enjoyed! The afternoon was spent at an incredibly busy Natural History Museum in South Kensington from where we travelled back to Waterloo to grab a McDonalds to have on the train on the journey home. The trip was made possible by a grant from Dorset Council and from the funds raised by the young people at their car wash in October 2023. Thank you to everyone for your support! So what next - the grant from Dorset Council's Community & Culture Fund helped cover the cost of the residential to London. But the next step is for the young people to bring their learning from their museum visits back to Buckland Newton where they will turn the village hall into a Museum of Rural Life over the weekend of Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st July 2024. However, in order to do this, they need your help! Do you have: Any old family records or photographs showing Buckland Newton in the past? Items of interest from or about the village that you think others would find interesting? Existing research of your own home or any of the other older buildings in the village? Old farm machinery/equipment or items of clothing? Stories that you could share? Youth Club members would also like to photograph people in front of their homes/businesses to display - Buckland Newton the past, present and future. This isn't about displaying valuable items but about showing what life is like in a rural Dorset community. English Heritage will be coming to run a workshop with the young people on Saturday 2nd March at the Village Hall to help them understand what they need to do in order to create an exhibition and display items. And working in partnership with Buckland Newton School all the Yr 6s and Youth Club members will spend a day at Dorset County Museum on Friday 24th May to explore their exhibits and take part in an arts workshop that will support them to make their own masks like the Dorset Ooser. At the end of this project all the Yrs 1 - 5 will receive a Discover Arts Award, the Yr 6s will receive an Explore Award and the Yrs 7+ who are members of the Youth Club will receive a Bronze Arts Award in recognition of their journey of exploration and community engagement! If you would like to get involved or have an item/some items you think others would be interested to see, please get in touch with Kate Parish on either 07860 582362 or by emailing parishkate0@googlemail.com. With a growing membership adult help is always greatly appreciated, and one of our regular volunteers is about to commence Dorset Council's free youth work training. This is a great example of how volunteering can provide the opportunity to learn new skills and provide free accredited training, that can lead to paid employment in the future. Regular volunteers will be required to have a DBS check. Kate Parish
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