New Cave at HOPS Rocks!

A new caving experience proved to be one of the highlights of Henley Outdoor Playscheme this week at Trinity School with children queuing to get inside the cave which had a series of obstacles and tunnels to navigate.

HOPS which has been running for 40+ years is as popular as ever with this year selling out 300 spaces in just 10 hours!  All the popular activities are backing including woodworking, arts and craft, cooking, festival room, laser quest, bouncy castle, inflatable zorbs, and foam slide.

Friends Freddie and Jack have been coming together to HOPS for the last 3 years and spend most of their time in the craft room making ‘puffles’ out of pom poms and pipe cleaners.  Freddie explained, “When I started making them the first year 4 years ago one of the craft room helpers suggested they looked liked puffles from Club Penguin online game so the name stuck.  The helpers here are all really nice.  Jack added, “We’re in Year 7 now so it’s our last year of HOPS and we’re very sad.”

Another group of children, Henry H, Hamish, Oscar, James, Gabriela, Ethan and Henry V have been making Hamma beads shapes and characters.  Hamish said, “I like Hamma beads because they are fun and calming.”  Henry H added, “My favourites are the Among Us online game characters we’ve made. We’ve made 392 so far.  We hope to make 500 before the end of  the week.”

Each day there is a special activity.  On Monday there was a climbing wall, birds of prey on Tuesday and Wednesday the cave.

Gails bakery have kindly donated their unsold bread for making sandwiches for the staff and volunteers’ lunches.  This year HOPS have purchased a popcorn and slush puppie maker which has been big hit with the children at the Tuck Shop.

David Edwards, Chair of HOPS said, “Now well into its fifth decade HOPS was back again at Trinity Primary school this week with well-established favourites including Art, Cookery, Craft, Festival, Sewing, Woodwork, Zorbs, Bouncy Castles, Foam Slide, Laser Tag, Berkshire Birds of Prey, and new additions including a mobile caving experience where the kids got to tunnel underground err.. overground. It is even rumoured that the World famous Bertie Slippers will be putting in an appearance. Despite the rain of biblical proportions on Wednesday the children still braved the field playing football in literally all weathers proving that HOPS was once again a resounding success (just see the photos). Roll on next year……”

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