A Haydon Wick baby and toddler group is still going strong after 33 years – and now some of the children who used to go are returning as adults, with their own youngsters.
Lynda Gough, who has been coordinating St John’s Pram Club for 30 years, said, “it’s run by the church for the community. Mums who used to attend tell me it was a life-saver when the area was being built; they met others who became lifelong friends.”
Lucy Newman came as a toddler with her mum Pat, and now brings her own children, Jake, aged 22 months, and five month old George. “Living closeby in Redhouse, it was natural I would bring them to the club. I loved coming as a child twenty eight years ago and my two really enjoy playing with the other children. And they get to see their grandmother because my mum is one of the volunteer organisers.”
Pat said she helped run the club when Lucy was a toddler, and now helps in retirement. “There are several grandparents including some grandads at the club. There’s a lovely caring atmosphere.”
Lynda added, “we welcome all parents and childcarers. Last year numbers dropped and we looked at whether there was still a need for a group in this area. The Link ran an article for us and the response convinced us that the pram club is still important to families in North Swindon.
“We provide family support for those who have moved to Swindon and don’t see relatives so often. There’s always somebody to talk to, share experiences and get help.”
The Monday drop-in runs from 9.30am to 11.30am during term time and costs £1 per adult.
For details call Lynda on 724129.
Pictured: Three generations at Haydon’s pram club – Pat and Lucy with Jake and George