Community events get young people engaged through half-term

Posted on: Tuesday, October 26, 2021

This half-term young people across the district have taken part in a host of activities and events organised by Newark and Sherwood District Council, including in Hawtonville, Newark and Bilsthorpe.

The Hawtonville Olympiad Day, which took part on Friday 22 October at the Hawtonville Young People’s centre, gave young people the chance to be an Olympic winner for the day.

The day included relays, climbing walls, table tennis and games in the gaga pit, which featured dodging, striking, running, and jumping, with the objective of being the last person standing.

The Council provided medals, bags and lots of freebies to everyone who took part in the day. These were awarded out by Newark and Sherwood District Councillor Keith Girling to all young people who took part in the day. Positive Media Productions helped with supplying additional bags and medals for free.

Lots of partners helped to make the event a success, including Nottinghamshire Police, Nottinghamshire County Council, Active4Today, Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service and YMCA Newark and Sherwood.

Councillor Tim Wendels, Chairman of the Homes and Communities Committee at Newark and Sherwood District Council, said: “It’s great that we’ve been able to offer younger people in the district some fun and engaging community activities during the half-term break.

“It’s important that young people engage with services like the Police, Fire and Rescue and local council services as it helps them know more about their community and who to turn to when they need support.

“The events we’ve held over the half-term period have been a great success and I’d like to thank all the partners who supported in putting them together.”

On Wednesday 20 October Newark and Sherwood District Council hosted the Bilsthorpe Activity Fun Day at the Crompton Road Playing Field and the Young People’s Centre.

Young people got involved in virtual activities, football training, a multi-sports radar, engagement with the Fire Service and had the opportunity to take part in some graffiti as part of the Legacy Project at the skate park. There was also the chance for attendees to speak to local police and neighbourhood officers.

Partners who supported the event in Bilsthorpe included Nottinghamshire Police, Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service, Bilsthorpe Parish Council, Nottinghamshire County Council and funding was provided by the Bassetlaw, Newark and Sherwood Community Safety Partnership.

Councillor Rhona Holloway, member for the Bilsthorpe Ward, said: “All the activities were well received and at one point, I counted 48 people on the Crompton Road park taking part in engagement with the Fire Service, football with Nottinghamshire County Council outreach team, graffiti and testing their speed skills on the speed radar.”