The Club provides an opportunity for local children and families to get to know one another, as Starston village is spread over a wide geographical area such that those living at one end of the village may never meet those living at the other end, being 4 miles apart.
The Starston Youth Club meets monthly usually between 3 and 4.30pm on Saturday afternoons at the Starston Jubilee Hall (see link to dates below). The majority of children are currently primary school age.
The Saturday meeting is an open drop-in style club with a core set of activities including table top football; children’s size pool/snooker table; parachute games; craft activities. Depending on volunteer’s availability and the weather, activities may also include outdoor table tennis and rounders/cricket/parachute games on the Glebe Meadow.
Numbers are typically about 8 children, a small enough group for quieter children not to feel overwhelmed and get to know other children, whilst large enough for team games. Our experience has been that children attending for the first time may start not knowing other children, but by the end of their first club meeting, they have grown in confidence, struck up friendships and are keen to come again. For our big events such as the annual Easter Egg Hunt, Christmas Party and Starston Fireworks party, numbers swell to 20 – 90 children and adults.
A meeting is held in the autumn with children and parents to plan the following year’s programme. Events are organised on an all ages basis, depending on the weather and the interests of those attending eg outdoor picnic/ games/ activities on the Glebe Meadow or visits to nearby attractions, including Starston ones such as visits to farms/ small holdings in the village.
In 2019, we are planning trips to the recently rennovated Starston Parish Church and Billingford Mill. Other trips requested by Starston children include Banham Zoo, Thetford Forest, Dino Park, plus day trips to London and Paris! If trips to local attractions are well supported by Starston families, then we will consider outings to locations further afield in 2020.
Following the success of the first SYC outing to the pantomime in 2018, we will be repeating this event in 2019.
Refreshments are available (squash, tea or coffee and home made biscuits/cake) for children and their (grand) parent(s)/ responsible adult. We are grateful to the East of England Co-op for their sponsorship of fairtrade tea for all club meetings.
A minimum donation of £2 per child (maximum £6 per family) is appreciated for each club meeting. This helps to cover costs, for example arts and crafts materials, refreshments and hall hire fees. A slightly higher donation is requested if higher costs are incurred for a particular club activity, for example the Fireworks or Christmas Party. Any entrance fees and travel costs for trips to local attractions will need to be met in full by parents.
The club was named “Starston Youth Club” by those children attending in the first year of the club in 2016. The logo was designed by ex-Starston resident Jon Leterme-Dowling, to whom we are most grateful.
And finally, a note from the co-ordinating editor of Pigeon Post, Sue Moore:-
Pigeon Post, our village magazine, is not just for grown ups! In the past we have had a young persons page, and we could have one again – with your help. Write about whatever interests you, and include a picture too if you wish. A full page takes 500 words at most, but even 50 or 100 words can be just as interesting.
If you want to write something for a particular month we need to have it by 12th of the previous month for it to be considered. If you have a story, but are unsure about writing it, you can contact me for some help at email@example.com or telephone 01379 852387 or write to me at Cranes Watering Farm, Starston, IP20 9NE.