Children to make rockets in Ayton

Nasa meets Ayton on 22 July when Derwent Valley Bridge Community Library stages a rocket-making session in the village.

It has been inspired by the Reading Agency’s summer challenge, due to start at the beginning of the school holidays. The theme is space.

The session is one of several activities for children aged 5–11, from 2-4pm.

The cost is £2.50 per child. Under-8s should be accompanied by an adult. Refreshments will be served.

The rocket-making session follows a space-chase walk which took off from a rocket in the library garden and continued up to the Milky Way down Beech Lane. Visitors passed the sun and planets, aliens in trees and through a Stargate to Area 3 and a Nasa rocket.

“The weather was lovely for the 21 families that took part, including 44 children”, said library volunteer Margaret Barker.

Andrew Hurley, winner of the Costa first-novel award, gave a talk about his second novel, Devil’s Day, at the library. It was part of a Read Regional initiative to discover northern writers and promote their work.