Find out what Woodcraft Folk offer

THE Woodcraft Folk is offering local families an opportunity to find out more about its activities at a Taster Session in Hebden Bridge on Saturday. (March 20)

"There will be a chance to see what we do and join in some fun and games," said Woodcraft Folk leader Julie Thorpe.

"The event aims to recruit both adults and children – particularly those aged from five to nine years old – to restart the regular weekly group for this age range which was force to close before Christmas due to lack of helpers.

"If you are interested in becoming a volunteer leader in the Woodcraft Folk, or if you have children who would be interested in joining, or if you'd just like to find out more about it, then you'll be welcome at our 'taster session'," added Julie. "Lots of people have heard of the Woodcraft Folk but aren't quite sure what we do or how to join."

The Taster Session runs from 2 pm until 4pm at Salem Mill Community Centre, Central Street, Hebden Bridge.

The Woodcraft Folk is a national educational charity, established in 1925, for boys and girls. Its aim is to create a world built on equality, friendship, peace and co-operation.

Groups meet weekly for a varied programme including games, drama, craftwork, singing and dancing as well as following an educational programme. Hiking, hostelling, and camping are also undertaken at weekends and during holidays.

Last summer members from Hebden Bridge took part in an International Camp held in Norway. They met 300 other young people from the Nordic countries and made many lasting friendships.

"Everyone who went had a fantastic time and made lots of friends. The importance of this work cannot be understated at a time when international understanding is very much needed," said Julie.

Young people are involved at all levels of decision-making within the organisation, from setting their own programme at group nights to attending the Annual Delegates Conference.

More details can be obtained by coming along to the Taster Session or by contacting Julie Thorpe 01422 846214.