‘Exciting, informative and fun’ day for old and young

Iris Farricker, 17-months-old, at Todmorden Children's Centre open day
Iris Farricker, 17-months-old, at Todmorden Children's Centre open day

There was fun for all of the family to enjoy at an open day at Todmorden Children’s Centre.

The event, organised by Upper Valley Family Services, was held on Saturday.

Mayor of Todmorden, Tony Greenwood, mayoress Vivianne Oakes and centre manager Julie Ratcliffe, with staff at Todmorden Children's Centre open day

Mayor of Todmorden, Tony Greenwood, mayoress Vivianne Oakes and centre manager Julie Ratcliffe, with staff at Todmorden Children's Centre open day

The day saw up to 80 people both old and young flock to the centre for up to three hours of fun and games.

Activities such as African drumming, story telling sessions, breast feeding support and face painting took place, and there was also healthy snacks served at their fruit bar.

Manager of the centre, Julie Ratcliffe, who has devoted seven years to the centre, described the event as a success despite the miserable weather.

She revealed that the aim of the annual event was to share what they do with families who don’t usually attend the centre, and to offer support to those living in Todmorden, Cornholme, Walsden and Eastwood.

Drumming workshop, at Todmorden Children's Centre open day

Drumming workshop, at Todmorden Children's Centre open day

She went on to describe the event as ‘exciting, informative and fun’, helping adults create a closer bond with their children.

The Mayor of Todmorden, Tony Greenwood attended the event to help celebrate the 10 year anniversary of the Children’s Centre.

Representatives from the Police Station at Todmorden and the Fire Service also attended to show their support to the successful cause.

The centre promotes itself as a support symstem for familes and the growth of children whilst still having fun.

Drumming workshop, at Todmorden Children's Centre open day

Drumming workshop, at Todmorden Children's Centre open day

Its weekely timetable holds classes from speech and language sessions to yoga.

Sessions are also held for young parents under the age of 25 and their children, helping older children get ready for school.

For more information visit www.childrencentres.co.uk.

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Drumming workshop, at Todmorden Children's Centre open day

Drumming workshop, at Todmorden Children's Centre open day

Reuben Sherlock-Windle, has his face painted by Hannah Lees, at Todmorden Children's Centre open day

Reuben Sherlock-Windle, has his face painted by Hannah Lees, at Todmorden Children's Centre open day

Drumming workshop, at Todmorden Children's Centre open day

Drumming workshop, at Todmorden Children's Centre open day