Younger Children’s Activity Week 2012

An Olympic Theme

caw 12 692 sOver fifty children, aged between 5 and 11, from across the Benefice took part in this year's week, based at Semley School.

The children enjoyed our ever popular cookery, modelling, painting, and pottery; they always get to eat most of the cookery-sessions' output at our end-of-week barbecue but take home most of the other items made during the week. The exception is always the communal painting – each child having contributed to it – which now has pride of place hanging in St. Leonard's Church, Semley. This masterpiece, which was devised by Carole Holden, depicts nicely our Olympic theme; do please drop in to the church sometime to see the fruits of their labours.

Marc Gundry (one of our parent helpers) led music sessions in the church, during which – and very impressively – he taught each child how to play several chords on the ukelele! Three of our favourite professionals were with us again. Nick Crump and Lizzie Bryant helped us make things appropriate to our theme; these included patriotic rings (with red, white and blue ribbons), laurel wreathes and – of course – gold medals. Geoff Gardner came for the sixth year running with his wide range of equipment to help teach us circus skills. We also held a games afternoon, led by Steve Morgan and Chris Lawton – again in keeping with our theme. And what fun we had - despite it being very overcast – taking part in a variety of events which included ever-popular sack and egg-and-spoon races.

caw 12 755 sBut perhaps the highlight of the week came at our visit to the Bison Farm at West Knoyle when, during a tractor/trailer ride around the farm, the children were able to get very close to the bison and deer herds, the latter including, in particular, a very handsome stag!

The week ended with an excellent barbecue cooked by Rev. Steve and Marc Gundry. Assorted goodies were provided by mums and dads, and the children produced tasty savouries and cakes – courtesy of Queenie Fletcher and Sarah Eddowes in their cookery sessions. We also enjoyed some very nice 'Buttercup & Daisy' ice cream made, provided and served by Rosemary Sidford. Towards the end of the barbecue it was our pleasure to present to each participant a medal depicting our theme, and that 2012 is the fifteenth year we have held activity weeks in Semley. It was also particularly pleasing that there was enough room in the medal centres to enable us to recognise that 2012 is also our Queen's Diamond Jubilee year.Young Person

The photo shows one of the older boys proudly wearing his medal and holding the edible prize presented to him by Steve Morgan in recognition of his considerate support to some of the youngest children.

The Organising Team - Martha Allfrey, Serena Bowerman, Pene Cairns, Queenie Fletcher, Steve Morgan, Gerry Purdue and Pat Whitting - thank all the children for being so well behaved during the week. We thank also Sedgehill and Semley Parish Council for funding the medals; Mrs. Moorsom (Semley School Head) for enabling us to use the school facilities and Semley Village Hall Committee for letting us take over the hall for the week. We thank especially all who so kindly helped before, during, and after the week - we could not manage without you!

Martha Allfrey has prepared a picture CD of activities; please let me know if you'd like one. We are always happy to receive suggestions as to what we could do better or differently next time.

Keep your eye on future issues of the Parish Magazine and Donhead Digest and on this web site to see what we have in store for next year!

Gerry Purdue