Mildenhall skipping clubs hopes to rope in funds for hall hire

The Community Steppers Skipping Club is trying to raise funds to hire out the new community centre in St John's Close, Mildenhall for its classes. ANL-151105-091421009
The Community Steppers Skipping Club is trying to raise funds to hire out the new community centre in St John's Close, Mildenhall for its classes. ANL-151105-091421009
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A Mildenhall skipping club is kickstarting a fund-raising effort to hire out a new community facility in the town for its classes.

The Community Steppers Skipping Club, which started up last year, currently holds its classes on outdoor sports pitches in St John’s Close.

However, founder Zoe Miller is attempting to raise enough money for the group, which practises two-rope skipping form Double Dutch, to hire out the main hall in St John’s Community Centre.

Ms Miller, who runs the group with friend Denise Poolten, said this would enable its two classes to practise even in bad weather.

“We want to help people recognise this is a good thing for the children on the street,” she said.

“We’ve only just started up again this year and have about 14 members, but I want the group to grow.

“We’re trying to do a good thing for the community, but I couldn’t do it without the dedication of the children and their families.

“It’s totally non-profit, it’s only £1 per class to help towards the cost of the hall.”

Ms Miller formed the group while working as a play leader at St Mary’s Primary Academy.

“I remember Double Dutch when I was a kid, it is something different,” she said.

“I brought it to the children at school and they love it. It’s also good exercise for them.”

The club hopes to raise the £50 deposit and £10 per hour charge it needs to hire the hall for two hours each week.

For more information about the club, call Ms Miller on 07713 140920.