In July and August groups from Lancaster Boys and Girls Club made trips, funded by Areti, to Lakeside YMCA at Newby Bridge to try out the high ropes, climbing tower, obstacle courses and ghyll scrambling. Getting wet was definitely all part of the fun.
One of the grants made earlier this year was to Morecambe Bay Partnership for a project teaching local primary school children about the fishing history and ecology of the bay. Visits to Sunderland Point have already taken place, with further visits planned in September. Schools involved are West End Primary Morecambe, Ridge Primary Lancaster, Ryelands Lancaster and St Mary’s Catholic Primary Morecambe.
After the visit to Sunderland Bay, the pupils work with About Time Dance Company to create a dance based on what they have learned about fish and the sea.
A group of 8-10-year-olds from Lancaster Boys & Girls Club visited Beacon Fell over the half-term and, despite the rain, managed to have a good time.
One of the activities funded by the Areti Charitable Trust was a day of caving for Lancaster Boys & Girls Club. Over the February half-term they visited Ormside Mill in the Yorkshire Dales and – kitted out in the appropriate gear – went to Thistle and Runscar Caves near the Ribblehead Viaduct and then to the Great Douk Cave.
Forty-five pupils from Morecambe Bay CP School visited RSPB Leighton Moss yesterday to find out about birds and insects and to try out pond-dipping. It was impressive that they already knew about predators and camouflage. Everyone seemed to enjoy it – not least the adults.
Children from Skerton St Luke’s CE and West End primary schools were the first groups to visit the RSPB reserve at Leighton Moss. Thirty reception class pupils from St Luke’s and 53 year 3 and 4 pupils from West End visited at the beginning of this week to try out pond dipping and other activities.