Programme climbs back on schedule

The Barnabas Safe and Sound bouldering wall at Morpeth is back in business after getting volunteers and a make-over and seen there are (left to right) Instructor Louis Edgar-Mason and Barnarbas residents Dean Wilks and Scott Herron.
The Barnabas Safe and Sound bouldering wall at Morpeth is back in business after getting volunteers and a make-over and seen there are (left to right) Instructor Louis Edgar-Mason and Barnarbas residents Dean Wilks and Scott Herron.

A SUMMER activity programme is finally under way at a Morpeth attraction after staffing problems were resolved.

The Barnabas Bouldering Wall was due to be available throughout the school holidays to provide sessions for adults and children alike.

But sadly, its opening was delayed due to hold-ups in the processing of criminal record checks for its part-time staff.

Now, however, the necessary paperwork has been completed and the wall is available for climbing enthusiasts, both experienced and novices, and there has even been an artistic make-over.

Barnabas Chief Executive Chris Menzies said: “It is a big relief.

“We are now open so we just need some people to have a go at it.

“It was just a case of making sure we went through the right processes to keep everyone safe.”

The charity will also be offering multi-sports activities at Stobhill Youth Centre, such as dodge ball and touch rugby.

The sessions are mainly for the under nines and will run from Tuesday, August 21 to Tuesday, August 28.

The wall, which is based at Wellwood House in Dark Lane, will be open Mondays to Wednesdays, with sessions at 9.30am for the under nines, at 10.30am for the over nines and from 1pm to 4pm for mixed use.

On Saturdays, it will be open for mixed use throughout the day but visitors should check that there are no private parties taking place before going along.

It costs £6 for instructor-led sessions and for all others it is £4 for adults and £3 for children.

For more information about the activities, call 01670 514881.