FISH hooks the children

PUBLISHED: 13:33 26 September 2013 | UPDATED: 13:33 26 September 2013

Children in Cranbrook enjoy toasting marshmallows at FISH's holiday club.

Children in Cranbrook enjoy toasting marshmallows at FISH's holiday club.


Children’s club makes a big splash in Cranbrook.

A new children’s club has been making a big splash in Cranbrook - and is fast becoming a part of the newly formed community.

FISH Cranbrook (Fun in School Holidays) started running activities at St Martin’s Church of England Primary School when it opened last September, and provides breakfast, after-school and holiday clubs.

“This is the first site where we have started from scratch and it’s been nice to integrate it with the school straight away. The leadership team at the school has been so supportive,” says Dan Baxter, who runs the club.

“The school was really keen to start having that provision on site, which is paying off.”

The breakfast club and after-school club are open to children who attend the primary school.

As part of the breakfast club, which starts from 7.30am, the children are served up breakfast. They are even given the option of having fresh eggs from the club’s own chickens.

The chickens have been proving very popular with the children.

Fun activities offered at afternoon club sessions include karting, cookery, messy play, craft, forest school and film time. The after-school sessions run until 6pm.

Over the summer, FISH held its holiday club, which attracted families from further afield in Honiton, Exmouth, and Exeter. It started in May and has been growing in popularity.

Currently, the club has around 64 children on roll and has been growing through word of mouth, says Dan.

“We have had so many positive comments – it’s been incredible,” he added.

FISH is open to children aged from three to 12.

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