Royston toddler group could close unless new volunteers come forward

17:01 23 January 2014

Laura Nottingham, Assistant Day Leader (centre) with Daisy Griffiths, Day Leader and parents and toddlers from Sunbeams toddler group

Laura Nottingham, Assistant Day Leader (centre) with Daisy Griffiths, Day Leader and parents and toddlers from Sunbeams toddler group


A baby and toddler group that has been running for nearly 30 years could be forced to close unless new volunteers come forward to run it.

Sunbeams Baby and Toddler group caters for children up to the age of five, running sessions four mornings a week at St Mary’s Church hall in Melbourn Road, Royston. However, a lack of new volunteers has left the group’s committee looking at cutting back sessions or closing altogether.

Alison Hammond has been the group’s chairman since 2009. She started attending Sunbeams with her son, Thomas, in 2007, and later with her daughter, Emily.

She said: “We have desperately been trying to recruit a new committee and in particular a new chairman for more than 12 months who can keep the group going. As yet nobody has come forward.

“We are also struggling to fill the normal day-to-day positions of deputy day leaders and bookkeepers.”

Sunbeams started in the early 1980s as the Meridian Toddler Group, and has been based at St Mary’s for 15 years.

“Our Wednesday session is struggling with numbers so we need more mums and dads to come along and join the fun or we may have to close one of our sessions,” said Mrs Hammond.

For more information on volunteering, visit the group’s website,


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