Fun and games at Bridlington’s Hinge Centre

The Hinge Centre Play Rangers after school club.
The Hinge Centre Play Rangers after school club.

IT’S PLAY time for children of a Bridlington estate who can now enjoy new facilities at an after school club.

The Hinge Centre, on the Havenfield Estate, Bridlington, recently received a grant of £830 from the High Sheriff’s and Humberside Police Tribune Trust.

The Hinge Centre is one of 10 regional community and school based projects working to reduce crime and improve community safety which have been given the grant.

Jo Sanders, 25, Youth Inclusion Worker at the centre, said the funding has gone towards buying new equipment, including giant Jenga and bowling, for after school clubs and the Play Rangers Group.

“The groups are going really well, the Play Rangers group has been running for longer but the other groups have run from the second week in January,” said Jo.

“We had hardly any equipment for these groups and now we have gone out and bought new equipment. It is good because it is giving them something constructive to do out of school.

“It is becoming more and more popular, it is brilliant and I just hope it stays this popular. There is not much round here for the kids to do, and I know I would rather that kids are in doing something constructive than just hanging round the streets in the cold.”

The Hinge Centre runs a variety of after school clubs every week, including a film club, baking club, craft group and youth group in addition to Play Rangers.

Liv Duffill, 12, of Headlands School, said: “I come to the Monday club and it is really fun. I like that everyone is really friendly and they listen to me. If I wasn’t here I would just be at home, bored.”

Abi Carthy, nine, said: “I like it here because we do baking and crafts, and I also like the film club.”

Ruby-Jo Brown, aged six, said: “I like it because it is fun, we do lots of things here and I like the drawing. I would be doing nothing if I wasn’t here.”

The Hinge Centre’s Playrangers group and after school clubs are for children aged between five and 12.