Kids Squad - 25th February

YOUNGSTERS Jorjia Chiverton, Maria Jarman and Sophia Jarman have the 'pleasure' of trying pots of gruel at Mansfield Museum over half term!''Gruel is a kind of watery porridge which was often eaten by poor people - you might know it from Charles Dickens' story Oliver Twist. ''This year it is the 200th anniversary of Charles Dickens' birth and there were plenty of activities on offer during half term to celebrate this, including making Victorian knick-knacks and story-telling. ''Pictured with the youngsters is Paula Jarman.

YOUNGSTERS Jorjia Chiverton, Maria Jarman and Sophia Jarman have the 'pleasure' of trying pots of gruel at Mansfield Museum over half term!''Gruel is a kind of watery porridge which was often eaten by poor people - you might know it from Charles Dickens' story Oliver Twist. ''This year it is the 200th anniversary of Charles Dickens' birth and there were plenty of activities on offer during half term to celebrate this, including making Victorian knick-knacks and story-telling. ''Pictured with the youngsters is Paula Jarman.

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HELLO and welcome to the latest edition of Kids’ Squad. I hope you all had an excellent half term holiday - did you do anything fun? Why not write me a letter and tell me all about it and I will publish it in Kids’ Squad. You can contact me by writing to Catherine Allen, Kids’ Squad, Chad Editorial, 121, Newgate Lane, Mansfield, Nottinghamshire NG18 2PA or you can email me at catherine.allen@chad.co.uk.

Enjoy your week,

Catherine.

Kids’ Squad readers

EARLIER this month, I asked you what your favourite books were and twins Katie and Abigail Tyers, who are both eight-years-old and live in Edwinstowe, wrote me these letters . . .

Dear Catherine

My favourite books are the Mudpuddle Farm books by Michael Morpurgo and James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl.

From Abigail Tyers

Dear Catherine

My favourite book is My Sister the Vampire. It is am amazing book.”

From Katie Tyers

Katie has also taken the time to write this wonderful story about a little boy called Nick and a whale. Well done Katie and thank-you for your story!

The Story of the Whale

ONE day a man went to the seaside. He was called Nick and when he went in the sea, he saw a whale.

It was very big and Nick was training the whale to be his friend. The whale was his friend so the whale let Nick swim with the whale but the whale got mad about Nick swimming with him. But Nick calmed the whale down.

When Nick’s mum found out about the whale, she was so angry she wanted to kill the whale so she said: “You are grounded for a year. I am very cross about this thing and that’s why I said I want to kill the whale.”

So Nick stayed in his room. He tried to go and see the whale but his mum saw him.

“Get to your room now,” she said.

At last the year was over so Nick went to see the whale - but the whale was poorly.

He told his mum but his mum said she would never hurt a whale so she helped the whale so he was cured and Nick was happy.

It was Nick’s birthday so he went to see the whale. It was the whale’s lucky day because Nick called the whale Willy so Nick swam with Willy for his birthday.

Meanwhile Nick’s mum was making a party for Nick’s birthday. When Nick got back he said to his mum: “I don’t need a party I have been swimming with Willy.”

The next day Nick woke up and went to see Willy. Nick said to Willy: “Do you want to swim in the ocean?”

“Yes,” Willy said. Nick and Willy saw three more whales in the ocean - it was Willy’s family.

When Nick got home he was sad because Willy had found his family.

“Well I am your family,” said Nick’s mum.

“I know but Willy is my family too,” said Nick.

The year was ending and Willy had now time to say goodbye then Nick ran to say goodbye forever.

Nick was very sad so Willy went with his family. And what happened to Nick? Well he became a lifesaver for whales.

Half term fun at Mansfield Museum

YOUNGSTERS Jorjia Chiverton (four-years-old, left, Maria Jarman (three) and Sophia Jarman (six) are pictured with Paula Jarman at Mansfield Museum as they try a pot of gruel.

Win! 12 weeks of free swimming lessons at Sutton’s Lammas Leisure Centre

THIS year is a very exciting year because the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games will be taking place in the summer.

Perhaps you have started learning about the Games at school?

And maybe the Games have inspired you to take up a new sport yourself.

This week, I have teamed up with Sutton’s Lammas Leisure Centre to offer one of you the chance to win 12 weeks of free swimming lessons to get you in the mood for the celebrations.

The lessons are hosted by Everyone Active, which provides lessons for children over five-months-old, and there are other activities on offer such as football and gymnastics.

For more details on these activities visit www.everyoneactive.com.

• To win 12 weeks of swimming lessons, answer the following question:

Q: In which city is the Olympic and Paralympic Games being held?

You can email me at catherine.allen@chad.co.uk or write to Catherine Allen, Kids’ Squad, Mansfield Chad Newspaper, 121, Newgate Lane, Mansfield, Nottinghamshire NG18 2PA and entries must be received before 2nd March.

Good luck!