PUPILS past and present celebrated the 10th anniversary of an out of school club.

Bubbles, which is based at Wesley Methodist Primary School, marked a decade since it first opened by inviting current and former club members and their parents to a special party last Thursday.

The youngsters, some of whom are now aged 20, marked the club's success by planting a tree in the school grounds and also enjoyed a slice of cake at the event.

Kate Redshaw, who founded and manages the club, said: "It was a great celebration. Some of the children who came back were in reception when we started, so we have been there through their whole school journey.

"We also saw some parents who we hadn't seen for a while, so it acted as a bit of an impromptu reunion for us."

The club has gone from strength to strength since it was first set up using lottery funding in 2006 and Mrs Redshaw says it now feels like an integral part of the school community.

The mum-of-four, aged 40, added: "I had spoken with the then-headteacher about setting up a nursery, but we couldn't get the funding for that, so we decided to go for an after-school club instead.

"We got a grant from the National Lottery to set up Bubbles and the school have supported us all the way.

"The grant was for three years to get us established and it has obviously worked because we are still going strong today.

"There have been quite a lot of changes of the years, but it is onwards and upwards from here.

"We used to be in a prefab building but now we are based in the school itself, which is great. You get to see a lot more of the teachers and parents and we really feel like a part of the school community.

"The school has always been very accommodating and it has worked really well for us."