Couple give 64 years to their village youth club

Mr and Mrs Bonsor, right, receiving the �300 grant from Coun Bedford, with some children and helpers  at Wrangle Youth Club.
Mr and Mrs Bonsor, right, receiving the �300 grant from Coun Bedford, with some children and helpers at Wrangle Youth Club.

A couple who have helped to run their local youth club for an astounding 64 years have been recognised for all their efforts in the community.

Bert and Barbara Bonsor have been giving up their time to help out at the village youth club since October 1948.

Their daughter Jayne has also been involved all her life, and a helper for the past 29 years, making it a truly remarkable family feat.

Their efforts have been recognised by Coun Peter Bedford who has donated £300 of his allowance to the club.

Bert, 88, first became involved when he was asked to come along to pass some of his woodworking skills on to young members. He and Barbara, 83, simply carried on coming back to help.

Barbara said: “We never felt we should let them down. It’s good for us too. It helps keep us young.

“We have a good membership of young people who have always kept coming.”

The club has its own premises at Wrangle Common – in what used to be the lowgrounds village hall – and Coun Bedford’s donation will go towards paying for some much-needed electrical work.

Club facilities include a playing field, a flood-lit multi-purpose court and a children’s play area. In addition to football, members are able to play basketball, tennis, volleyball or cricket if weather permits.

Indoor activities include table tennis, pool or snooker, darts, handy crafts and other interactive games.

Barbara said: “We have good facilities for such a rural location. With the floodlights they can play football until 10pm.”

Wrangle Youth Club has survived when many have folded, and around 35 youngsters aged 11-18 from Wrangle and surrounding villages attend the Friday evening sessions from 7.30-10pm. But they need more adult helpers.

Jayne explained: “We have some lovely young people, some of whom are the children or grandchildren of former members. We do our best to keep the programme interesting and alive but it is getting increasingly difficult and we could do with a few more adult helpers on both a regular or ad-hoc basis who are willing to share their time and skills with the young people.”

They are also keen to have contact with other youth clubs with a view to forming an informal group, to share ideas and contacts and support one another.

Any volunteer adults or other youth clubs interested can contact Jayne on 07751 051862 or Bert and Barbara on 01205 270392.