Patron Saints focus of Bulwell’s half-term holiday club

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“Saints Alive”, was the meaningful theme for Bulwell St Mary’s Church’s half-term Holiday Club which has delighted the 40 children of primary school age who were in attendance.

The heroic Patron Saints of England (St George), Ireland (St Patrick), Scotland (St Andrew) and Wales (St David), were the focus of scores of activities which were carefully pre-planned in anticipation of the event.

Prime mover Kerry Palmer, backed by his team of unsung heroes, made up of Joyce White, Helen Dexter, Michael Wild, Paula Palmer, Jillian and Robert Naylor, and Maureen pates among others, set the standards for the Holiday Club’s success.

St Mary’s youth group members including Elizabeth Lang, Sian Blunt, Thomas and Josh Dyer and Abbi Briggs, played a considerable part in the success of the initiative by helping to run a series of “Saintly” workshops.

The church was a hive of activity as the youngsters, separated into different groups, were given an opportunity to show off their artistic talents and creative skills.

Biscuit decorating, flag making, picture design, bookmark and fridge magnet making , all on the theme of “Saints”, fired the imagination of the children.

Curate’s husband Michael Wild led story-time sessions, Elizabeth Lang was the caller for fun bingo which saw Jessica Fox, Hildegard Wild, Thomas Wootton and Sally Warsop-Hook won sweet treats, while arts and crafts sessions, music, songs and games added to the enjoyment.

Making a considerable contribution to the Saints Alive event’s success were Bulwell ward councillors who teamed up to provide funding to pay for a FREE healthy lunch for everybody.

“This was greatly appreciated and went down very well with everyone.” said Joyce White.

“Many children are unaware of the roles played by the four Saints in helping to shape their country’s history and heritage.Our holiday club has given the children new knowledge and has provided an insight into four great historic figures.” said Mr Palmer.

“We have been running the children’s holiday clubs for seven years and by our splendid team efforts have encouraged friendship and togetherness as well as giving an insight into the importance of leading good Christian lives.”