In May 2010, a group of 20 young people in Ashwell got together over pizza to talk about what they’d like to see happen for their age group in the village . and from this meeting, the ‘Asheteria’ drop-in café was born!
The Asheteria is run by a team of volunteers from St Mary’s Church and is held at the United Reformed Church Hall most Saturday evenings. It is designed as a fun and friendly space to give young people aged 10-16 somewhere to go with their friends on a Saturday night. It’s also a place that they can use to access support and ask questions about any issues relating to life and faith that they may come across.
Between 5.30pm and 7.30pm all young people – regardless of background – are invited to come along and, for a small charge of 50p on the door, are able to enjoy computer games, a pool table, art activities, a ‘chill-out’ zone and, of course, the café itself with its famous ‘toastie’ menu! The ‘campfire toastie’, with a sticky centre of chocolate spread and marshmallow, is especially popular.
We began in June with about ten young people attending each week but I am pleased to say that at present we are seeing between 20 and 30 on a weekly basis, with over 40 young people on our register. It is such a fantastic opportunity to get to know all the young people; I don’t think anyone – young or old – has experienced the Asheteria and gone away without a positive experience! We have also enjoyed various events such as the ‘big sleep out’ in St Mary’s Church in July and, more recently, our October residential to the Herts Young Mariners Base where young people from Ashwell joined with young people from Baldock and the surrounding area to try out some new experiences and build friendships.
We are looking forward to seeing what the future brings for the Asheteria and are keen to find new ways in which we can continue to serve Ashwell’s young people.
Contact: Jo Adams (Youth Co-ordinator) 01763 241587
Come along if you are aged between 10-18.
Every Saturday from 5:30pm-7:30pm in the URC hall or Parish Room.
Please check the diary before.
Lots of fun things to do. £1.50 Entrance!
|9th November 2019 – Slime – PCR 16th November 2019 – Games – URC 23rd November 2019 -1:00pm to 3:30pm, Parish Room – Bring & buy Sale with refreshments 30th November 2019 – Make salt dough decorations 7th December 2019 – Paint salt dough decorations 14th December 2019 – Messy church from 11:30 to 1:00pm – For the young and the young at heart. This event is followed by the Ashwell Live Nativity starting at 5pm at the church. Please bring a lantern. 21st December – Asheteria Party.|
Please click on the links to see some of our past events and lots of pictures:
- The Noise 2012
- 2010 Christmas Party
- Baldock’s Got Talent
- Residential at the Young Mariners Club
- Big Church Sleepout
- Band with No Name –BWNN
Simon our previous vicar & our young people