Fund-raising Dates for Youth Club
A ladies pamper evening
organised by Hethersett Jubilee Youth Club proved popular despite the bad
weather and will be repeated on June 11th when the organisers are
hoping the snow will have gone!
“We were very pleased to
make £139.42 and a big thank you must go to all those who braved the snow,”
said club chair Gillian Saunders. Tickets for the June Pamper will be £3 in
advance and £3.50 on the door.
The youth club is also
organising an Easter fun event on March 27th to include face
painting and an Easter Egg hunt. This will be followed by a treasure hunt in
the village on 10th July which will end with a barbecue. The busy
fund-raising programme will also include a quiz evening on 25th
“We are very pleased with
the way things are going at the moment, averaging 16 young people on Wednesday
evenings. There are spaces available for youngsters aged between 11 and 14. We
are also looking for a few more volunteers to help once a month with the
club,” Ms Saunders said adding that the club’s annual meeting will be held
on March 9th.
Date Set for Re-opening
Hethersett Jubilee Youth Club has taken a number of major
steps towards re-opening its doors.
The club is looking to a grand re-opening on 26th
September and have already lined-up BBC personality Julie Reinger to carry out
“We are at the stage where we have tenders from the
builders and we hope to start building work subject to funding and finalising
the lease with Norfolk County Council in early July,” said club official
The club is still £9,000 short on funding, however, and
so fundraising will continue along with applications for further grants.
Once re-opened it is hoped the club will initially have
an after school club and a junior club and eventually a senior club as well as
an Internet café.
“All this will depend on volunteers coming forward to
help with the running of the activities and to join the committee,” Gillian
Anybody willing to help can contact Gillian Saunders on 01953 607566.
Auction Boosts Funds
Club’s plans to re-open in a refurbished headquarters in Back Lane are
continuing to gather pace through a number of fund-raising events.
An auction of promises
event before Christmas raised over £600 and future fund-raisers include a
Quiz and Chips evening at Old Hall School on 14th March and a
slides of old Hethersett evening in the Spring.
“We are well
advanced with our stage one fundraising and have applied for planning
permission to carry out the building alterations,” said club chairman Colin
Alongside the proposed building improvements the club is looking for volunteers to run activities once it re-opens.
Cheque Presentation For Youth Club
Youth Club Appeal is Launched
Jubilee Youth Club launched a £75,000 appeal to rejuvenate and re-launch
itself at a special open day in the Back Lane premises.
morning attracted well over 100 people and, within minutes of the opening,
over £16,000 had been pledged in grants and donations. This total will be
added to by money raised on the day from stalls, raffles and refreshments.
A 200 club was also launched.
for South Norfolk Richard Bacon was present to cut a special launch cake
in the shape of a money box pig.
present the hall stands empty and unused. Plans include updating the
building before re-launching it as a vibrant part of the community to
include youth and after school clubs.
were delighted at the turnout for the open day with support from right
across the local community. It really gives us the boost to keep going
with our plans,” said centre vice-chairman Gillian Saunders.
to renovate the building include new toilets for the disabled plus the
updating of present facilities, the introduction of more natural light and
improved kitchen facilities and the setting up of an internet cafe. It is
hoped eventually to run a youth club on two nights a week alongside after
school and holiday clubs.
The fund was given an immediate boost
by the news that the Geoffrey Watling Trust has given £15,000 to the
project. The charity was set-up in 1993 to distribute funds to worthy
causes in Norfolk and the Waveney Valley. The Trust’s work continues
despite the death of its philanthropist founder in 2004.
next step will be to draw up detailed plans, seek planning permission and
then look for a builder. There is no time scale on the work at present
with chairman Colin Wilson and committee member Sarah Reynolds both
stating at the open day that the aim is to “get going as soon as
Bacon was full of praise for the plans:
has been achieved is a tribute to everyone’s enthusiasm and energy. I am
aware that the hall has had its ups and downs over the years and its
success depends on the community playing its part.
hear so much today about the negative side of young people but I find a
tremendous motivation and interest amongst youngsters who want to be part
of what is happening. I would urge everyone to make this project happen
and help to provide such a vital resource for the community,” he said.
youngsters have already been canvassed to find out what they would like
from a new youth club. Many of their answers were written on a special
board on display at the open day. These included barbecues, Sky TV,
decorating the hall in bright colours, open days, cooking, badminton,
fancy dress parties and ice and roller skating.
group is still looking for volunteers to join its committee and for help
with fundraising. When the club is up and running even more volunteers
will be needed to staff it alongside a youth worker.
willing to help with the new scheme can contact Gillian Saunders on 01953
607566 or Colin Wilson on 01603 810604.
Read a pdf file of Sarah Reynolds' opening speech at the open day by clicking here.
News Update from Colin Wilson Chair of the Youth Club
May I take this opportunity to thank all those who
came to our recent open day on Sept 20th to show their support, to help us out
on the day, to supply us with an abundance of home cooked cakes and generous
donations of raffle prizes. The event raised over £530. We were also informed
on the day of a successful grant application from the Geoffrey Watling Trust
of £15,000 and a donation of £1000 from the directors of Chestnut Nursery
School. My thanks also to RC Snelling Charitable Trust, Rosedale Funeral Home,
Tas Valley Fire Protection Services and all those private donators who made
donations to our refurbishment fund prior to the presentation, totalling over
£750. We were overwhelmed by the support shown and cannot thank you all
enough. Further details and pictures are available on the Hethersett Website
and can be accessed by clicking here
The Jubilee Youth Club hall was built by the community, for the community and further fundraising is still required before we can start the refurbishment of the youth club hall. We are setting up a 200 Club with monthly cash prizes to help us achieve our target. This is an important part of our fundraising, so if you wish to help us by joining those already taking part, please give me a ring on 810604 or email me by clicking here
We are planning a Auction of Promises for Friday 5th
December at the youth club hall, and a Quiz and Chips night in the near
future, so please watch out for details. . If you are able to offer an item to
be auctioned or can offer to do something which someone would buy, such as an
hours housework, some ironing, making a cake or can offer lessons in something
eg. dancing or singing, please contact me as above.
Your continued support is very important to us.
An appeal has been launched to raise £75,000 to
rejuvenate and re-launch Hethersett Jubilee Youth Club.
At present the hall stands empty and unused because the
existing facilities are no longer suitable for today’s youngsters and the
building doesn’t meet the requirements of current legislation.
A committee is looking to upgrade the facilities and
re-open the club to young people of the village.
“We know there is a need for the club to operate as we
have spoken to young people and also to the local Police Community Support
Officer. To enable this to happen we need to raise £75,000 which seems a huge
mountain to climb. We need more volunteers to join our committee and help us
to fund-raise,” said committee member Gillian Saunders.
When the club is up and running even more volunteers will
be needed to staff it alongside a youth worker.
The group is in the process of looking into grants from
the likes of the National Lottery and the John Jarrold Trust and is also
appealing for donations from individuals, local companies and shops.
“The sooner we can raise the money, the sooner the
builders can start work and the sooner the young people will have somewhere to
go in the evenings which is warm and safe and where they can meet with friends
and have a good time,” Gillian Saunders added.
The group is also looking for input from young people who
would use the new centre. A special open morning at the existing hall with
raffle and cake stall is being held on Saturday 20th September when
the fund-raising campaign will be officially launched and villagers can view
plans for the hall.
“We would like to raise some of the money before the
open morning and also have an idea of start and finish dates for the work so
that we can plan a grand re-opening,” Gillian added.
Anyone willing to help with the new scheme can contact Gillian Saunders on 01953 607566 or Colin Wilson on 01603 810604.
News Update - 11th September , 2008
Youth Club has delivered leaflets to homes in the village ahead of a special
open morning when plans for its future will be on show.
The leaflets are
entitled “How can you help us?” and advertise the open morning which will
run from 10.30 a.m on 20th September at the club premises in Back Lane.
The morning will
provide an insight into what is planned at the club and there will also be
cakes and refreshments and a raffle.
The club committee are
attempting to raise up to £25,000 to update the building. Another £50,000 is
likely to be covered by grants.
“I have been
involved in the youth club since 1984 and I have received lots of support to
re-open the club as a youth centre.
“I have a small
dedicated team planning the future, but we do not have the capacity to realise
those plans for the benefit of Hethersett and it young people without further
help,” said chair of the youth club committee Gillian Saunders.
Plans for the future
include an out of school club from 4 until 6.30 p.m and in the school holidays
for those aged 10 and over. It is hoped these evenings will include sport,
computers, music, games and the opportunity to complete homework as well as
chilling out with friends in a warm, friendly and safe environment with
trained adults to help organise the activities
The club is also
looking for help with running its committee, assisting with fundraising,
buying and selling raffle tickets, joining a 200 Club, helping and
volunteering for youth club evenings and making donations.