Gnosall Parish Council
Our Mission is to improve the quality of life for those who live and work in the Parish of Gnosall and those who visit it.
Following the closure of Staffordshire County Council’s Youth Club in December 2014, Gnosall Parish Council worked hard to ensure the funds and equipment were retained for the young people in this parish. St John Ambulance unfortunately, after decades of working from its building providing essential community first aid services, had to cease its operation from Gnosall and gifted the building to the Parish Council to enable a Youth Club to operate from it. There was tremendous effort by the local community to get the building ready in only few days of taking over its ownership to be ready for the opening night and with a very limited budget. The internal structure was quickly transformed to make it into a more functional building for a youth club. The equipment and furniture were scrubbed clean by parish councillors and staff, the outside of the building was cleaned by volunteers and essential donations were received from The Cooperative and Waitrose.
GG’s Youth Club opened its doors for the first time in April 2016 to 9-12 year olds from the parish and surrounding areas and is going from strength to strength thanks to over 100 members who have tremendous fun on Wednesday nights and also as a result of the group of wonderful volunteers who offer their time to help arrange and run activities each week and of course our experienced Youth Leader, Yvette Spencer.
Numbers have remained steady at around 40 children attending each week. Since starting in April, our members have created vegetable boxes and have enjoyed reaping the rewards, filled hanging baskets, taken part in weekly cooking and craft classes and have made excellent use of the field during the summer evenings playing football, rugby, other ball games and getting very wet one summers night taking part in a water assault course. During the winter months, the field is inaccessible as it is too dark and wet. However Gnosall Parish Council has kindly agreed that the Grosvenor Centre’s main hall can be used every second Wednesday. As the youth club building has limited space, when the Grosvenor Centre is not available, the activities will focus on craft and cooking and there will be a more controlled environment to ensure the safety of members and volunteers.
The children have come up with a list of activities and trips they would like organised that the youth club committee will be looking into including a summer residential in 2017. A Halloween fancy dress party will be held on 2nd November 2016 and a Christmas party is planned in December.
Our current youth club is for children aged 9, 10 and 11. We would very much like to open on a second night to offer youth club service to children aged 12, 13 and 14. This can only be possible if we have enough volunteers to help. If there are any parents of children who may be interested in helping on a rota basis (the same system as the current youth club) please get in touch. This may only mean helping one evening per term if we have enough interest. Even if you are not a parent and want to volunteer your time helping please get in touch with Jordan Archer, Youth Leader on 07715 392 345 or email email@example.com
GG’s Youth Club members have a lot to look forward to over the next few months with a planned trip to Newport Rock Climbing Centre, a fund raising Nearly New sale, a 1st-year anniversary party, a visit to Gnosall Fire Station, taking part in this year’s carnival and GFest17.
The photographs below are of some of the members taking part in a county-wide youth club bowling competition.
Jordan Archer was appointed as the new Youth Leader in February following the resignation of Yvette Spencer. Yvette was instrumental in the setting up of the youth club for which we are very grateful. Fortunately Yvette is staying with GG’s as volunteer and will continue to provide advice and expertise in running a successful youth club.
On March 7th, nine of our members will be representing GG’s Youth Club at a 10-pin bowling county wide bowling competition. Good luck to those who will be attending.
On 10th March at 6pm there is a carnival meeting for any parents and members who wish to help with or be on the youth club carnival float in June.
On 22nd March a visit to Newport Climbing Centre has been arranged. This is an indoor centre with climbing walls and ropes, fully supervised with qualified instructors. Usually the price per person is £8 plus £15 for the instructor. GG’s Youth Club will subside some of the costs involved and therefore if members wish to attend, we are asking only £5 per person. A permission slip is attached and needs to be completed and returned, with payment by 1st March. We will also need a few parent volunteers who can help with transport. For more information look at www.newportrock.com
Nearly New Sale
On Saturday 25th March, we will be organising and running a Nearly New Sale. Some of you will remember the sales held at the Village Hall where toys, books, games, bikes, baby equipment outdoor equipment as well as children’s clothing were sold with the proceeds being split between seller and organisation. Well, we will be doing something very similar. This should raise some funds for our youth club.
One year birthday celebrations
On 26th April, GG’s Youth Club will be just over 1 year old. Time for celebrations. People involved in the setting up of the youth club, funders, volunteers, parish councilors as well as parents and members will be invited to this special event to celebrate the successful running of our Youth Club. More details will follow in the next few weeks.
Our local firefighters have invited GG’s members to visit the fire station on Wharf Road and learn about fire safety as well as having some fun. The date is yet to be confirmed. Parents will be asked to sign a permission slip allowing your child to take part in this visit, walking from the youth club to the fire station and back. We may need a few parent helpers to help walk with the children. Again, more details will follow nearer the time.
The parish council has invited GG’s Leader and Chairman o deliver a short presentation at its Annual Assembly on 25th May to inform parishioners of how great the youth club is and what has been achieved in the past year and what the future plans are. Parents and members are welcome to attend this village meeting and your support would be appreciated.
Carnival time. On Saturday 17th June GG’s youth club will be entering a float in the village carnival. This year’s theme is Disney. A carnival meeting for GG’s members and parents on Friday 10th March in the youth club at 6pm at which we will decide how our float should be decorated and we will need to arrange a few more meetings and workshops to get everything ready for decorating a float on the morning on 17th June. Children may of course be taking part on other floats but are asked to inform the Youth Leader if they wish to be part of the youth club float. Help from parents and volunteers is very much needed for this event, particularly coming up with ideas, materials and making the set.
GFest 17 runs from 15th -23rd July. On Wednesday 19th July, GG’s Youth Club will be taking part in GFest activities by arranging and running a Treasure Hunt and BBQ. Any proceeds will be split between the youth club and the GFest charity pot.
A weekend residential is being considered and options from a number of local camps are currently being discussed. More details will follow in the next couple of weeks.
Great news for GG’s Youth Club, in the past week Gnosall St Lawrence Freemasons donated £500 and St Lawrence Church donated £250. Both donations are very much appreciated and will help pay for new materials and equipment for weekly activities and will also help fund some exciting trips being planned for later this year.
The photograph is of Kevin Shail and David Davies, from The Freemasons presenting the cheque to the new Youth Club Leader Jordan Archer. Jordan has taken over Yvette Spencer’s role. Yvette will still be around volunteering as and when she can.
Congratulations to Jordan and thank you to The Freemasons and St Lawrence Church.
Dave Davies said 'It is our pleasure to support good causes that are local to the village. We know the club has been open less than a year
and it has proved to be a success. We hope this donation will help the club & those who use it.'
Photo: left to right. Jayne Cooper, Jordan Archer, Dave Davies, Trudie Ward & Kevin Shail. front row, Thomas & Mia
As the number of members has exceeded our expectations we do desperately need more volunteers otherwise we may have to put a cap on how many children we can take each week. Parents have been asked to help out on one Wednesday each however if anyone else wishes to help out now and again, please get in touch. Local teenagers who have been completing their Duke of Edinburgh Awards gave their time voluntarily from April to July however these young people have now moved on. If there are any other people undertaking a course or an award in which “volunteering in the community” is required, please do consider helping out at GG’s Youth Club.
During the first 6 months, GG’s Youth Club received funding from the Parish Council, from the County Councillor’s Fund and Gnosall Lions. Members pay only £1 each week to attend which helps meet the costs of basic equipment and cooking ingredients for the planned activities. Other funding sources will be explored to fund planned projects.