Fi­esta cour­ses a boon for the young

Harefield Gazette - - OPINION -

PRICES rise, re­tail out­lets fail, traf­fic wors­ens, HS2 threat­ens and taxes of all sorts seem to rob us of our hard earned pay.

No, we do not of­ten feel that there is any­thing for which we want to praise the pow­ers that be – that is, un­til the Hilling­don Fi­esta pro­gramme came into be­ing.

I don’t know how long it has been run­ning, but it first came to our at­ten­tion last year, having pre­vi­ously been a well-kept se­cret, and it is amaz­ing.

It pro­vides af­ford­able en­ter­tain­ment for young peo­ple in the bor­ough and is a gift for those of us who try to jug­gle school holidays with full-time jobs.

There are so many cour­ses to choose from, for the sporty, the arty, the mu­si­cal. You name it and they have some­thing.

I thought that I might have over-booked my teenager, out of con­cern for not want­ing her to be alone, but I need not have wor­ried. She has done film pro­duc­tion, The Voice and now fash­ion de­sign, and she has loved all of it.

Fash­ion de­sign de­serves a spe­cial men­tion. The de­sign ex­pert lead­ing the course has fired their en­thu­si­asm, and our daugh­ter re­turned ev­ery even­ing full of ideas and ac­com­pa­nied by the day’s creations, which are re­ally quite im­pres­sive.

And par­ents, don’t be de­terred by the odd hours that make tak­ing and fetch­ing tricky. Groups of friends go to­gether to lots of th­ese, and par­ents

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