Holiday Club 2019

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Merci... Tack... Grazie... Danke... Thank you!

From Monday 5th August to Friday 9th August, Bishop Auckland Methodist Church was transformed into a travel bureau for "Backpackers" where there was fun, friendship and food for those attending.

Each day, between 2pm and 5pm, the Travel Agent and Tour Guide and Travel Reps looked after over 60 children and young people. After listening to Bible stories, associated with Jesus' travelling in his final days to Jerusalem, and taking part in games and craft activities in their groups, they all joined together for a hot meal.

The event was run by the Bishop Auckland Fellowship of Christian Churches, in partnership with the Auckland Project. Sports workshops for participants were provided by Leah Kennedy, Development Community Coach from North East Netball and Darren Brown, All Stars Champion from Durham Cricket. These sessions were a high point for many.

On Sunday 11th August we held a Family Celebration and BBQ with over 100 children, parents and volunteers.

Thank you to the Caroline Theobald, Honorary Swedish Consul who helped us with some facts about Sweden. Thank you to local Italian restaurateur, Franco and his brother, Stefano from Casa Nostra, who brought us the Italian flair, and thank you also to Cockney Nic who taught us about 'Balls of Chalk' and 'Frogs and Toads'. Each day taught us to value the culture of the different parts of Europe and Britain that the Backpackers visited.

Thank you also to local supermarkets, businesses and grant funders who have all contributed to making this year's Holiday Club an ongoing success.

Feedback from those attending and their parents, is overwhelmingly positive, with many people wanting the event to run again next year.

Please contact Jenny Prior on bascircuitoffice@gmail.com or 07783946968 if you would like any further information.

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