Dumfries & Galloway Standard

Fun and games are back at youth group

- SHARON LIPTROTT

The Lockerbie-based RH Youth Organisati­on will be restarting its outdoor and adventure groups on Thursday and Friday from the ice rink car park.

However, the return from lockdown means its theatre group has to remain closed until Covid-19 restrictio­ns ease further.

It follows a popular Easter enjoyed by residents of all ages on Saturday.

Among the activities over five hours were an Easter Egg Hunt car tunnel, a farmyard with real chickens to feed, hook a duck, a raffle for an Easter hamper and the Easter Bunny in his burrow.

The volunteer-run charity was establishe­d in November, 2019, to offer both an outdoor and adventure group and a theatre group to children and young people aged 4 to 17 to “enable them to build confidence, social skills, life skills and independen­ce”.

Despite launching just nine weeks before the first Covid-19 lockdown, the RH Youth Organisati­on has attracted 75 members who were able to enjoy weekly sessions before the Christmas lockdown at various venues in the town.

They have successful­ly secured funding to buy resources to provide an “exciting programme” and have recruited volunteers to support the running of the organisati­on.

The group is working towards getting a community

asset transfer for the former caravan site behind Lockerbie Ice Rink to build a base and have plans for introducin­g outdoor community recreation which could include a bike track, sensory and nature trail, dog exercising facility, willow tunnel and nature park.

They want to run a breakfast club for children and young people to access before going to school; a Get Together club for people to meet, have a chat and a cuppa with social activity;

Food for Thought project to support families throughout hard times; and an Internet facility for people to access. And they are currently running a public survey to gauge local support and opinion at: https://rhyouthorg.wixsite. com/rhyouthorg­anisation/ survey.

In the meantime, the group have thanked everyone who joined in on Saturday.

On their Facebook site they posted: “We hope you all enjoyed it as much as we did. We have so many people we would like to thank as the event just wouldn’t have happened without them. Thank you so much everyone for supporting us.”

Their thanks go to: James Hardie; Lockerbie Tesco; Kathy & Andrew; Jean Wightman; Lockerbie Ice Rink; RHYO board members; Caitlin, Ross, Calum and Joshua (Challenger­s/Troopers); assistant chief executive, James, and maintenanc­e officer, Iain; The Patterson Family; DS Smith; Mo and Family; Anne-Marie and Kenneth Humes; and the Easter Bunny. - Raffle winners were: 1 S.McGill (78) and 2 Julia McNab (236). The correct number of Easter eggs in the tunnel was 12 and the winners were Ailish and Mairi Bodell. The wordsearch winner was Phillipa Young.

●More imformatio­n on the outdoor groups – scavengers, pathfinder­s, troopers and challenger­s – restarting this week is available at https:// rhyouthorg.wixsite.com/ rhyouthorg­anisation.

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Easter fun Lockerbie’s RH Youth Organisati­on gave the town plenty of Easter fun on Saturday with its activities and competitio­ns at the Ice Rink car park, including the chance to see the Easter Bunny
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Exciting A bird’s eye view of how the proposed RH Youth organisati­on base at Lockerbie could look
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Smart An impression of how the new HQ for Lockerbie’s RH Youth Organisati­on, behind the Lockerbie Ice Rink, could look
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Lockerbie’s RH Youth Organisati­on gave the town plenty of Easter fun on Saturday
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Proposal A nature trail is one of the suggestion­s for the youth organisati­on

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