Bugs inspire youngsters at Thornham summer fundraiser

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Bug-hunt organiser, Michaela Dartford (centre) with one group of bug-hunting enthusiasts ANL-160719-175425001
THORNHAM FETE Bug-hunt organiser, Michaela Dartford (centre) with one group of bug-hunting enthusiasts ANL-160719-175425001
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Bug hunting and den building were two big attractions for younger visitors during a summer fayre at Thornham Village Hall on Saturday.

Although the hall was filled with a range of stalls manned by local craftsmen and women, and aimed at an adult audience, it was an event which focussed on young people as it was organised by the West Norfolk National Childbirth Trust.

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Sophie Mycock, three, searches for creepy-crawlies ANL-160719-175439001

THORNHAM FETE Sophie Mycock, three, searches for creepy-crawlies ANL-160719-175439001

“We operate in the King’s Lynn and Downham Market areas but we wanted to bring the Trust to the coast,” said committee member, Kate Craven.

Youngsters responded especially enthusiastically to the chance to hunt for bugs by scouring the hedgerows and surrounding areas of the village playing field searching out all manner of creepy-crawlies under the skilled eye of bug hunt organiser, Michaela Dartford, pictured above with one group of youngsters.

The Trust, originally the Natural Childbirth Trust, was founded in 1956 after an advertisement was place in The Times newspaper by a Prunella Briance.

“She wanted to fundamentally change how women were treated in childbirth,” said Mrs Craven.

The organisation, celebrating its 60th birthday, has helped bring about changes in the way childbirth is viewed. Three of the many advances made by the organisation include mothers gaining more control over how their child is born, men being allowed in delivery rooms and mothers gaining the right to breastfeed in public.

The organisation provides practical and emotional support in all areas of pregnancy, birth and early parenthood including help with feeding. More information can be obtained online at WestNorfolk@nct.org.uk.