Youngsters have got something to be cheerful about at the start of the New Year with the news that a youth club is set to launch.
A new club is due to be held at Empingham Cricket Club, where children in the village will be able to meet up and socialise once a week.
The village has previously had a youth club but it closed in 2005 due to a fall in turnout.
But having held a number of successful meetings with villagers and potential volunteers, organiser Tony Kibblewhite is full of optimism that the new club will be a great success with youngsters.
Tony, 54, who lives in Main Street, Empingham, said: “It’s all a bit daunting but I’m really looking forward to opening. I’m really optimistic and I’ve had good feedback from the meetings we’ve held although they have been poorly attended.
“The previously club closed because there were not enough kids in the village but I’m hoping we’ll have a good turnout.”
Tony has a team of 13 volunteers who will help run the session. They include Casterton Business and Enterprise College teacher Nigel Milner, who used to run the previous club in the village, and Amy Caldicott, who has run a youth club in Derbyshire.
The first session is being held on Tuesday, January 22, from 7pm to 9.30pm.
There will be a range of fun activities on offer, including board games, a pool table and table tennis table, as well as a tuck shop. The club is being aimed at children between nine to 16 years of age but Tony said it will be a bit of an experiment to see what age group it attracts.
He added: “We’re not really sure what numbers we’ll get or what ages. It’s just going to be great to get it started and we’ll see what happens.”
Money to start the club is coming from funds left over from the village’s previous youth club. Entry to each session will be £1 per child.