Two decades of fun celebrated at all-girls’ club

PARTY TIME: Members of the Hop-a-Long Club in Great Cornard.

PARTY TIME: Members of the Hop-a-Long Club in Great Cornard.

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A children’s club set up by four mothers in Great Cornard as an alternative to Beavers for girls has celebrated its 21st birthday.

The Hop-a-Long Club runs on a Friday evening at The Old School. Over the last two decades, more than 200 girls aged between five and seven have attended to enjoy games, crafts and cooking.

Earlier this month, the club, which currently has six members but can take up to 20 children, marked 21 years with a party.

“I never dreamed it would last this long,” said Linda Snow, who helped form the group.

“It’s a mini-social club and some of the older girls who originally came are now bringing their children.”

The 53-year-old childminder from Oak Road said the club was established to provide a place for girls too young to attend Brownies to play and learn new skills.

“We wanted somewhere for the under-sevens and just decided to give it a go,” she said.

“Everybody seems to love it and the children get to make a mess.”

Linda’s daughter Margaret now helps out with the group and her other daughter, Kirsty, was one of the first members.

The club runs from 6pm to 7.30pm during term time.