Buzz Clubs faces closure

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WINSLOW’S out-of-school club is set to close in August if it can’t find some financial support.

The Buzz Clubs, which offers before and after-school and holiday clubs on a site at Winslow Combined School has been rated Outstanding by Ofsted.

But the economic downturn has led to a fall in numbers attending the club.

The increasing number of parents being made redundant, and grandparents taking over childcare, means fees paid by parents no longer cover the club’s overheads despite all the best efforts of staff.

Manger Ruth Slater said: “As a registered charity, Buzz Clubs receives no external funding and has had to rely on grants and donations to remain open this year.”

The Buzz Clubs received an emergency grant for £1,200 from Winslow Town Council in November and the town council has recently awarded the club a further £150 for the National Play Day in August.

Town mayor Llew Monger said: “I’m hopeful we can help to keep it going through to the end of the school year. I think it’s important the town retains that service.”

One of the children who attends the club has just raised £250 with a sponsored swim.

Keen swimmer Atlanta McCauley, aged 10, who goes to Winslow Combined School, swam 26 lengths at Aqua Vale pool in Aylesbury for the challenge.

Mum Vicki McCauley, who works at Buzz Clubs, said: “It was Atlanta’s idea. She decided she wanted to do a sponsored swim to raise money for arts and crafts for the club. I was very proud of her.”

Next Mrs Slater is planning to leaflet local businesses to appeal for sponsorship.

Call her on 07887 744890.