Bassingbourn youth club bus campaigners celebrate with victory cake

Joey Reader, Jacob Smith, Saffron Dixon and Ellie Kendall from Bassingbourn Village School celebrate

Joey Reader, Jacob Smith, Saffron Dixon and Ellie Kendall from Bassingbourn Village School celebrate the Youth Club being saved - Credit: Archant

Young people in Bassingbourn celebrated the news that their youth club bus is to stay in style – with a huge chocolate cake and a party on board.

Ellie Kendall, Saffron Dixon, Joey Reader and Jacob Smith, all Year 7 students at Bassingbourn Village College, launched their campaign last month when the Connections Youth Club bus was threatened with closure.

A reprieve of four weeks was given to the youngsters by Bassingbourn Parish Council to allow them to drum up more support from among their friends.

Saffron said: “We went to speak to the parish council and we were worried what it would be like. We thought it would be very formal, like in a court, but actually they were really nice and friendly.

“We heard last week that they are going to pay for the bus to come until the end of term – we can’t believe we did it. We had a big party with chocolate cake and cupcakes to celebrate.”

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College principal Duncan Cooper said: “We’ve been supporting Ellie, Saffron, Joey and Jacob in their campaign to save the youth bus and we were delighted to hear that the funding has been extended.

“The mature way in which these young people have approached this has been a delight to see.”

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Parish council chairman Pete Robinson was impressed by the efforts of the young campaigners.

He previously told the Crow: “Following an impassioned plea from the youngsters, who enjoy the bus greatly, the parish council will be funding it for a further period. Ellie, Saffron, Joey and Jacob put their case to us with great eloquence and convinced us to keep it going.”

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