Youngsters had fun at the Youth Day in Happy Valley park despite a significant drop in numbers attending compared to last year. The event was hosted by Somerset Rural Youth Project, a voluntary youth work organisation established in 1997 and registered as a charity, whose youth days are funded by South Somerset District Council. Free activities included Last Man Standing (total wipe-out inflatable), bungee run, DJ taster sessions, football tournament and a skate jam. The skate jam competition for 10 – 18 year olds proved to be a real success. There were three categories – best scooter, best skateboard and best entertainment, each offering a skate related prize for the winner.
Kelly Moule, Youth Worker for Somerset Rural Youth Project said: “All participants thoroughly enjoyed themselves. We would like to thank Kerry Clear and the local scout group for providing the refreshments, Somerset Ices for the ice-creams and AMASS Medical & Security Services for providing the first aid cover. Somerset Rural Youth Project look forward to next year.”
Although representatives from Somerset Rural Youth Project met in February with South Somerset District Council to agree the dates for this year’s summer Youth Days across South Somerset, the district council presented a Play Day at the George Reynolds Centre and Henhayes field on the same day as the Happy Valley park event, resulting in families having to decide which event to support instead of being able to attend both, if held on separate days.