Rising costs force the end of Frome children's playscheme
RISING costs and lack of bookings have forced one of the last few children's holiday schemes to close.
Frome Association of Holiday Activities (FAHA), which has been running in the town for more than 25 years, closed earlier this month.
The playscheme manager, Louise Payne, has been made redundant but said she wanted to thank everyone for their support over the years.
Thousands of children were kept entertained over the years with a huge variety of activities meaning their parents were able to continue to work during the holidays.
Miss Payne said: "After serving Frome and surrounding communities for more than 25 years FAHA has closed it's doors for the final time.
"FAHA was run as a not-for-profit organisation and with the increased running costs and a fall in bookings over the last 12 months we find ourselves unable to sustain the playscheme any longer.
"Committee members and staff alike are very sad that FAHA has come to an end but we have been left with no choice."
The scheme, which was run from the Frome Youth and Community Centre, in Vallis Road, was known as Splash before FAHA.
Miss Payne said: "I have been here for five years and when I first joined there was government funding for playschemes and we had a waiting list. Things have changed so much in that short space of time.
"We would like to thank the local community for their support over the last 25 years and we hope that the hundreds of children that have passed through our doors have enjoyed their time with us, as much as we have enjoyed entertaining them."