A summer of fun lies ahead for youngsters

Hirsel Estate has hosted Food to Fork events in the past

Hirsel Estate has hosted Food to Fork events in the past

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School’s out for Berwickshire pupils, and there’s plenty for them to do during the summer holidays.

Ten organisations and venues across Berwickshire have joined forces with Berwickshire Learning Community Partnership to put together a full programme of activities starting on Monday, July 4, and going right through to Tuesday, August 16.

The 2016 Shades summer programme offers trips to Wet’n’Wild in North Shields, a chance to learn radio broadcasting skills, lunches, a field-to-fork activity day and outdoor drama skills workshops with Borders Youth Theatres.

On board are Paxton House, A Heart for Duns, Connect Berwickshire Youth Project, Live Borders, Duns Library, Southview Church, Chirnside and Berwickshire Housing Association, and they have all put £500 towards providing lunches, transport and the printing of the leaflet.

Throughout the summer holidays, children, aged four to 12 are being encouraged to take on a sumnmer reading challenge at Duns and Coldstream libraries – to read six books in total, receiving a sticker or other small reward for every book they read.

A creative writing competition, for those aged eight to 18, to celebrate the Olympics and the Rio 2016 Games will also go on all summer. To get them started there’s a creative writing workshop being held in Duns Library on Thursday, July 18, from 2pm to 3.30pm.

Duns Youth Centre will be open every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday for those over the age of 11. Youngsters can go along and socialise with friends, join in activities, for £2, or create and eat a healthy lunch, for £1.50.