Come and help us at summer camp

Pop­u­lar Light­house makes plea for vol­un­teers

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - by Jo-Anne Rowney Jo-Anne.Rowney@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

MORE than 2,000 chil­dren have signed up for a hol­i­day camp, prompt­ing or­gan­is­ers to call for more vol­un­teers.

Light­house is a Chris­tian hol­i­day club run across Bucks, with bases in­clud­ing Bea­cons­field, High Wy­combe, Cres­sex, Ha­zle­mere, and Great Mis­senden and is run by vol­un­teers.

The chil­dren take part in work­shops with drama, film, craft, sport and other ac­tiv­i­ties.

This year the club is be­ing run from Mon­day, July 28 to Fri­day, Au­gust 1, with Fresh Café, a youth pro­gramme, on Tues­day to Thurs­day evenings.

So far 2,179 chil­dren have ap­plied to come to Light­house with the group hav­ing to turn some away due to need­ing more vol­un­teers.

Chair of trustees Rev Cassa Messervy said: “It has just grown and grown, we set it up hop­ing peo­ple would come along and now it is flour­ish­ing.

“We had the first one last year in Bea­cons­field, though Light­house had al­ready been run­ning in the other towns, and this year we’ve seen hun­dreds of chil­dren want to come along.

“The more vol­un­teers we have the more chil­dren we can take on so more are al­ways wel­come, even if not this year then years to come.” The first Light­house was set up in Great Mis­senden in 1988 to bring to­gether the var­i­ous hol­i­day clubs they were run­ning in the hol­i­days.

Twenty five years later the Churches To­gether in Bea­cons­field de­cided to work to­gether to set up the first Light­house Bea­cons­field with the sup­port of Light­house Ha­zle­mere. She added: “The first year was an in­cred­i­ble suc­cess with more than 280 chil­dren and more than 200 vol­un­teers from the churches and com­mu­nity, in­clud­ing lots of teenagers.

“We hope this year will be just as good, which I’m sure it will. We could al­ways do with more vol­un­teers so if peo­ple get in touch if they are in­ter­ested.”

The Bea­cons­field School, the Round Ta­ble and the scouts have all sup­ported the club.

Visit www.light­house­ad­min.org or www.light­house­mis­senden.org.uk. Tweet Light­house­_Ad or @FreshCafe UK.

Turn to page 24 for the start of our four-page what’s on guide dur­ing the summer hol­i­days.

Photo by Ge­orge Mardall/Ais­ling Mag­ill www.buyapho­totms. co.uk NL20136371

LAST YEAR: Hun­dreds turned up to take part in the Light­house summer club ac­tiv­i­ties

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