Deputy Mayor juggles schedule to attend circus skills workshop

Deputy Mayor Councillor David Ashford juggled his schedule in order to attend a circus skills workshop.

The session was arranged by the Henry Bloom Noble Library as part of this year’s Circus Stars Summer Reading Challenge sponsored, for the fourth year in succession, by Scottish Widows and which aims to keep children reading throughout the school summer holidays and learn new skills.

Held in the community room at Noble’s Park Pavilion the workshop was led by circus skills specialist Mike Bell of the Play People and included juggling, plate spinning and tightrope walking.

Created and run by the Reading Agency, the Summer Reading Challenge requires children to read six or more books of their choice during the holidays and, as they progress, they earn collectable incentives and rewards. Those who complete the Circus Stars challenge will receive a certificate and medal at a prize presentation on September 17.


Deputy Mayor and Mayoress Councillor David Ashford and Mrs Sylvia Ashford with Emma Hawke and Chloe Cowell, both aged nine


The Deputy Mayor and Mayoress with Mike Bell, Scottish Widows colleagues and Vicky Magill and Shirley Moore from the Henry Bloom Noble Library


Circus skills specialist Mike Bell with Brynley Mayhew, nine, Emma Mayhew, 12, Tom McMahon, 10, and Rachel Gregson and Chloe Cowell, both aged nine


Brynley Mayhew, nine and Tom McMahon, 10


Annabel Curphey, nine, Amy Hawke, eight and Emma Hawke, nine


Rachel Gregson, nine and Emma Mayhew, 12 

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