On Wednesday 14th June we were invited to see some future politicians in the making as the Youth Club elected its new representatives from the 7-11 age range. A very excited and enthusiastic crowd of supporters listened carefully as the five candidates gave their excellent speeches before deciding on who to vote for. Max Naylor and Joe Jenny emerged as the new representatives – to great acclaim.
Candidates- Joe, Harry, Oliver, Riley and Daniel
There is clearly a very happy atmosphere at the Club and we asked some of the young people what they most liked about it. Here are there replies.
Ewan – “Racing and football games and meeting new friends.”
Courtney – “Being outside.”
Poppy – “I really like HYC as I get to meet new people – Courtney is now my best friend.”
Oliver – “Fairness.”
Nel – “HYC is an amazing place because it’s fun to be out on a Wednesday night rather than bored at home.”
New Volunteers needed
Co-ordinator Harry Shires has been instrumental in the club’s popularity but he is very pleased to have a new assistant to help him. Amanda Miller, a former Nursery Nurse from Ilkley moved to Hornsea with her husband last year to make a new start and is delighted with their decision. Councillor Pam Curtis has also joined the team as a volunteer and her craft skills are proving very popular. However, the Club has also lost two volunteers recently so Harry and Amanda are appealing for new volunteers to step forward. At times they have been forced to turn children away because of lack of personnel. Harry says that everyone is welcome to volunteer. There is plenty of room for new initiatives but no specific skills are required – only the necessary child protection documents.
Support from the Church
The PCC of St Nicholas Church has been fully supportive of the Youth Group and its members have approved on-going work to the Parish Hall where the group operates. “We have replaced the roof and ceiling of one of the back rooms where water had caused considerable damage.” says Church Warden Greg Taylor. “We are also in the process of renewing all the windows in the Parish Hall and the two toilets upstairs to make everything as good as we can for the young people.” says fellow Church Warden Janet Armstrong. The third Warden, Andrew Eastwood, who is Chairman of the Youth Group, says “No-one would have believed how successful the group could have become in such a short time. It is probably because of the fact that the group is free to attend and the quality of our youth workers and volunteers, led by Harry Shires is second to none. We hope the group goes from strength to strength.”