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Parents will run threatened Sussex club
6:50am Monday 22nd July 2013 in News
AFTER trying for weeks to save an after-school club from closure, parents have taken on the mantle and will run the service themselves.
The Oaks After School Club in Dunbar Drive, Hailsham, was earmarked for closure as part of council cuts earlier this year, and a new venue had to be found by the end of July.
Sarah Spicer, who has worked tirelessly to save the service, has decided to try and save the facility by starting her own business, which will run from Hailsham Football Club.
She said: “Parents had to take matters into their own hands to keep an after school club in the town.”
The new club called Kidz Only will be opening at the start of the new autumn term.
Sarah added: “We have had lots support from Debbie Adams and Mandy Mugridge at East Sussex County Council Children’s centres and from Eve Lumb in the Extended Services department, both of which have given invaluable support and advice.”
Sarah along with her new business partner Katherine Blackwell attended a recent parents evening at nearby Grovelands School earlier this month and have received very positive feedback and enquiries.
Katherine said: “It’s a hectic time now and its all hands on deck to get ready for the opening in September.
“We would like however to thank everyone for their continued support and a big thank-you for all the donations of toys and games we have received from local businesses, we are still looking for toys for all ages to kit out the club.”
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