Help us please!

1st Seamer and Irton Rainbows are facing a bleak future if no volunteer steps forward to fill the shoes of retiring leader Chris Clark pictured centre. Francis Harrison, left, and Dist Commissioner for Raincliffe Gill Armstrong were on hand to present flowers for Chris's send off. Also pictured are the youngsters who may not have a pack meeting to attend if no one steps forward. Picture by Dave Kettlewell. 114914
1st Seamer and Irton Rainbows are facing a bleak future if no volunteer steps forward to fill the shoes of retiring leader Chris Clark pictured centre. Francis Harrison, left, and Dist Commissioner for Raincliffe Gill Armstrong were on hand to present flowers for Chris's send off. Also pictured are the youngsters who may not have a pack meeting to attend if no one steps forward. Picture by Dave Kettlewell. 114914
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A SCARBOROUGH Rainbow pack is making a desperate plea for a new leader to come forward to save the group from closure.

The 1st Seamer and Irton Rainbows started in September 1991 and outgoing leader, Chris Clarke, has been with the group since 1995.

Chris retired from the role this week and has been searching for a replacement leader since January, but to no avail.

The 53 year old, of Manor Road, said: “The group has always been popular and has always been full. We have 20 on the waiting list now!

“As a group we’ve done art, craft, music and games. We’ve also had trips, talks and visits from people such as wood turners and police dog handlers.

“The more you put in, the more you get out.”

Mrs Clarke added that trips have included outings to the fire station, Sea Life Centre, police station and bowling.

They have also had sleepovers at Seamer Youth Centre, where the group meets, which have always been popular.

Mrs Clarke said: “I’ve really enjoyed it and it was a real wrench on Monday night. I was in tears all night.

“I’ve had a lot of enjoyment from it. Seeing the girls come in age five quite nervous, then seeing them go on to Brownies as confident little girls is wonderful.

“I’ve loved every single minute of it.”

She added: “I’d like to thank all the past and present helpers and assistants - I couldn’t have done it without their support.

“And a big thank you for the kind gifts I received.”

To keep the group open, two or ideally three people need to come forward: a leader (female), assistant leader and unit helper.

You don’t need to have done it before as full training will be given.

All applicants will be given a Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) check.

They will be shown how to do accounts and run the unit.

Mrs Clarke said: “It could be a grandma, auntie, or anyone who enjoys working with children. The group meets once a week, term time only.”

For more details call Chris on (01723) 350609.