Youth Award celebrations for North Leigh

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TEENAGERS from the North Leigh Youth Project in Oxfordshire, are celebrating after coming second in the Oxfordshire Youth Awards.

Youngsters from North Leigh Youth Project recieve their award at Oxford's New Theatre.

Youngsters from North Leigh Youth Project recieve their award at Oxford’s New Theatre.

The youngsters were driven to Oxford’s New Theatre in a Hummer for a ceremony in which they went on stage to receive their award. The Oxfordshire Youth Awards announcement said about the club: “In second place are a group of very enthusiastic leaders that provide activities to a growing number of local young people. We received an astonishing 19 separate nominations for this group alone! It’s a vibrant youth club, and encourages active participation by members, families, helpers, the church and the community as a whole.”

The project was set up by Alice Dore, the youth worker at St Mary’s Church, North Leigh, who simply wanted to give young people in the village something more exciting to do in their spare time.

Alice said: “We’ve had residentials and summer clubs, Bishop Colin has visited and we’ve had some very well-known artists come to do work with the young people. The award was for overall recognition of what we’ve done over the year. There were 500 youth projects at the awards ceremony and 1,500 young people packed into a sold-out New Theatre. It was amazing.”

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