Family Matters: Come along and ‘Give It a Go’ with Manor Lodge activities

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There’s lots of fun, free activities for young people and families this Saturday at Manor Lodge.

The Give It a Go! sessions taking place from 12.30pm to 3pm on the Red Hills field at the Lodge on Manor Lane include football games with Babs from Sheffield United Community Foundation, having a go at some urban art with My Life Project and meeting some famous Manor Lodge characters such as Bess of Hardwick and Mary Queen of Scots.

Another special guest is Big Lad, Green Estate’s shire horse.

Artist in residence Emilie Taylor will be providing ceramic art taster sessions and there will be a seasonal food demonstration from the Rhubarb Shed Café.

Green Estate, who run the Lodge site, have been working with Sheffield United Community Foundation to organise football sessions on Red Hills field on Saturdays for kids in the Wybourn and Manor area.

The sessions came about because a lot of the local young people didn’t feel there was much for them to do.

What started as a couple of small craft activities on a bench has grown into a weekly football session on the field and more craft sessions.

Green Estate applied for grant funding to run the sessions and asked some of the youngsters who regularly attend the football sessions to write about what they think of them.

Some of the responses were: “It’s good because there isn’t really anything for us to do in the area” and “It brings people together and has helped make new friends. Babs (from Sheffield United Kickz), makes people feel welcome.”

The young people are now becoming involved in planning the activities that will take place this year.

Coun Pat Midgley visited one of the football sessions last month to hand out some certificates to youngsters taking part.