There can't be a parent in the land, never mind in Tarvin, who hasn't had this cry sometime or other! Yet the Parish Council is delighted to report that they are helping to get at least 400 young people involved in great activities.
To be fair and completely accurate, it is not the Parish Councillors themselves who are involved in these activities. But, as trustee of the King George V Playing Field, the Council enables a number of organisations provide great activities for local youngsters. A Playing Field Committee meeting last Thursday (15th) gave some details of the amount of activity happening.
Tarvin Athletic Football Club is an extremely successful club that at the present time trains 302 young people aged between 4 and 16 in 23 teams. Such is the reputation of this club that not only does it recruit youngsters from outside the village, but has to use a dozen other pitches in the vicinity to satisfy the demand. Its ambitions are high and the club looks forward to providing for many more youngsters as the village grows. For more details go to www.tarvinafc.co.uk
The Scout Movement in Tarvin is also very buoyant, having risen, phoenix – like, from the ashes. With Beavers, Cubs, and Brownies all getting near to full capacity, some groups have been split in two to deal with the demand. There are plans for a Scout troop to be established in the future as youngsters get older. To the surprise and delight of the local Management Committee the money to replace the old asbestos contaminated floors has been raised very quickly and the work will start soon. About 80 young people are involved in all the scouting activities. For more information on scouting go to www.chesterscouts.org.uk
The Tarvin Tennis Club continues to expand and has around 40 Junior members. With a full programme of coaching for both young members and youngsters trying the sport, the club arranges tournaments for all ages, and continues to provide a centre of excellence in the local area. Having received a grant from Sport England, a range of improvements are planned in the coming year. For more information go to www.tarvintennisclub.co.uk
It would be hard to describe the Tarvin Bowling Club, the last main user of the Playing Fields, as a centre of activity for youngsters! However, it is worth pointing out that they have a 14 year old member who has played for the county and may well go on to play for Wales.
The Parish Council is acutely aware that the success of these activities depends on the willingness of local people to give up their time on a regular basis. The involvement of such a large number of people in voluntary activities not only enables activities to take place, but help create a lively and caring community.
As an aside, the Parish Council is also aware that the Playing Field is a great place just to 'hang out'. While the activities of some youngsters gives rises to occasional annoyance, they know that sometimes being with your mates away from adults is also an essential part of growing up.