National Family Week 30th May to 5th June 2011

National Family Week is the biggest annual celebration of family life in the UK that took place in the summer half-term holiday.

Family Picnic 30th May
The Family picnic took place on Bank Holiday Monday 30th May to kick off the National Family Week events at RAF Marham. Cpl Scott Murray from the Primary Care Rehabilitation Facility was instrumental in arranging the traditional games including the ever popular egg and spoon races. Not to be deterred by the rain everyone moved indoors for more fun including a hilarious round of musical chairs for the adults.

Literacy Day 31st May
The Family Literacy Day included book swaps; craft opportunities; several story telling sessions and a well received book at bedtime where even the Librarian, Sam West, turned up in her pyjamas.

Uniform Groups Open Evening 1st June
There was an open Evening for the Uniform Groups at the Youth Activity Centre (behind the Bull and Bowl) including Cubs (aged 7 to 10½); Scouts (aged 10½ to 14 yrs) and Explorer Scouts (aged 14 to 18 years). However, the uniform groups really got into the spirit of things by camping out the night before whilst learning survival techniques. The following day, 1st June, there was frantic activity to lash together a trebuchet which was followed by a very successful launch with the Stn Cdr. It is not just the Tornados that hit their target – ask Gp Capt Rochelle.

Horse Riding 2nd June
The Magpie Centre Riding School provided a well attended horse riding event behind the Sandringham Centre.

Paintballing 2nd June
Twenty Children aged between 12 and 19 years enjoyed a fantastic day out.

Wiggles & Jiggles 3rd June
Swaffham Area Sure Start provided an activity day for 0 to 5yr olds. 30 under 5yr olds attended a session run by Jo Tagg who is a lead play worker from Sure Start.

22 families attended (inc two dads). The purpose was to introduce music and movement and rhyme promoting language development to avoid speech delay.

Family Party Bull & Bowl 3rd June
Family Entertainment Evening in the Bull and Bowl including free bowling; face painter; magician and balloon modelling.

Disco/ karaoke 4th June
A disco was arranged for 5 to 12 year olds by the Girls Group within the Youth Centre. The organizers were Aidan McGuirk; Lucy Chaplin; Rebecca Grant; Cameron Arther; Emily Driver; Beth Redman; Jacob Madden. They were raising funds for the Fashion Show which will take place on 16th July (I think- please ask Erica).

Family Service 5th June
Family Service – St Margaret’s Church followed by a bring and share lunch in the Oasis Lounge, Chaplaincy Centre.

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