Worth Unlimited

HERE'S a report on the last year by Wendy Marsden:-

Wendy SantaCHRISTMAS seems a dim and distant memory now, but looking back the Worth Wrinklies, our senior citizens’ luncheon club, tucked into a magnificent spread sponsored by a Huddersfield company Aven Training. In addition to being served turkey and all the trimmings and Christmas pudding or trifle, the group were entertained by youngsters from the Little Angels Day Nursery, the local school’s Signing Choir performed traditional carols, a last-minute guest singer Ian Lawson - and bingo. 

Did you see us in town one rainy Sunday morning in December? There was a group of 25 Worth mums, dads and kids, led by Wendy, “dashing” through Huddersfield town centre all dressed as Santa Claus. The Santa Dash was organised by the Huddersfield Lions Club and “our dashers” raised funds for Worth Unlimited Huddersfield. Wendy adds: “I did run it and I was near the front – and I finished it near the front – leaving them all behind me! Hahaha!” It was a good community event and everyone wanted to join in and we had fun doing it. Watch out for us again nearer Christmas! 

We also held a fund-raising Christmas Fayre at the church. We had a lot of home-made crafts on sale made by the Worth Adult Craft Club. Wendy says it was a mad couple of hours but well worth it! 

65 of us went to see “Aladdin” at the Lawrence Batley Theatre in Huddersfield. Thank you One 17 Design for a second great evening out. All the families enjoyed it – Oh yes they did! 

KIDS’ LUNCH CLUB 

Kids cookingDuring the February half-term holiday, the Kids’ Lunch Club met over three days – once again sponsored by the Huddersfield Town Foundation. 
We are delighted to report that the £151.42 spent resulted in two-course meals being served to 182 people from families in Lowerhouses, which worked out at about 83p per head! Wendy says watch out MasterChef – beat that if you can! 

GROUPS 

Our term-time programme is continuing to run every week day: 

Every Monday our Kids’ Cooking Club is teaching 4 children to bake and encouraging essential cooking skills and techniques. This term the girls are following recipes and doing all the measuring by themselves. Wendy says they are so good they have reached the point where they don’t have to look at the recipe! We will try something a bit more challenging next time! 

On Tuesday mornings the Adult Craft Club is having fun making cards at the moment, which we will sell at our next fund-raising event. 

The Kids’ Craft Club meets on Tuesdays after school and they are exploring aking different kinds of drawings using chalk, pencils, paint, stencils, ink and crayons. Wendy says: “We have got some Van Goghs in the making! 

WrinkliesOn Wednesdays we have Adult Cooking Club. “Community Learning Works” have paid for 12 weeks of adult cooking for the adults to learn how to cook on a budget. We have also had a specialist in on how to use left-over food. 

Little Lambz parent and toddler group meets on Wednesday afternoons – Wendy says they are taking after their names, jumping around and making lost of noise! She is looking for some ear-defenders! 

The Worth Wrinklies Lunch Club meets fortnightly on Thursdays and they are enjoying the dinners that Wendy and her volunteers are preparing (they can plate up a takeaway too!), so much so they have asked for the club to meet weekly instead of just fortnightly – but we need funding for transport and to help cover food. Wendy says: “Can anybody help?” 

On Fridays we have a group of parents and toddlers meeting in the Worth Room to carry on the friendships made in the former LLCC Chatspace. Wendy says they support one another and there are some lively chats and discussions – plus tea, coffee and lots of biscuits – and sometimes cake! 

Friday nights are Games Nights and this is as busy as ever. Each week we have around 25 kids who enjoy playing old-fashioned board games and Wendy’s Special Bingo – instead of playing on their computers and phones.