New life for club as limited company

Jim Whatmore and John Barnett outside Buckingham Youth Club which is now a limited company.'111011M-F176
Jim Whatmore and John Barnett outside Buckingham Youth Club which is now a limited company.'111011M-F176

“WE’RE open for business, and we need volunteers.”

That’s the message from Buckingham’s youth club, which has been under threat of closure since Bucks County Council (BCC) withdrew all funding for staffing earlier this year.

Now the youth club has a new lease of life as a limited company, thanks to three former members of the youth centre management committee, John Barnett, Margo Parfitt and Patrick Fealey, who have stepped up to become company directors.

The company has been able to offer temporary employment contracts to former youth club leader Jim Whatmore and three assistant youth club leaders, Lisa O’Donohue, Ruth Slater and Kate Richardson. It hopes to lease the building from BCC on a peppercorn rent.

After closing for a couple of weeks over the summer, the youth club is up and running again, three nights a week.

Monday nights offer a new club night for Years 8 and 9, from 7pm to 9pm, while Thursday club nights are for Years 10 and 11, from 7pm to 9.30pm. Sessions cost 60p, and activities include music, game stations, pool, table football, table tennis, basketball and five-a-side.

Friday night is Jammin@BYC from 4pm to 7pm, where youngsters aged 13 to 19 can get together to practice or play music.

To keep it open, the club needs volunteers, including young people aged 17 or over. Training and support will be given. Call Jim Whatmore on 07934 784341.