Clash leads to move for group

Pride of Fylde awards 2010 at the Lindum Hotel in St Annes. Pictured are winners from Streetwise
Pride of Fylde awards 2010 at the Lindum Hotel in St Annes. Pictured are winners from Streetwise

AN award-winning youth group is looking for a new base after leaving a church where it used to meet each week for a decade.

The Streetwise group had gathered each Friday at the Lytham Christian Centre for the last 10 years.

But relationships between youth group organisers and church leaders have broken down.

Now Streetwise – ninety per cent of their young members come from the Warton area – has had to move temporarily into Freckleton Village hall.

Streetwise bosses say the differences between themselves and the church are irreconcilable, and though the temporary premises are welcome, they need to search for a permanent new base.

Qualified youth worker Gerry Gregoire, who runs the club with his wife Elaine, claimed the Christian Centre wanted the youth club to operate as part of the church and not as a wider community group, and that a problem concerned a staffing issue.

He said: “It’s disappointing the church has decided to focus inward as a church youth group and not as a generic community one.”

: “It’s quite unjust – I feel the kids weren’t taken into consideration.”

Streetwise is a winner of the Princess Diana Award for anti bullying; an award winner in the Express’s Pride of Fylde competition 2010; and performed at this year’s Fylde’s Got Talent.

No one from the church was available as we went to press.