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Newcastle kids set to lose popular after school club

The owner of an after school club in Newcastle says she's having to close because she doesn't know when she can reopen.

The JW Playclub in Wolstanton had been running out of the community centre operated by St. Wulstan's parish church, but had to close when Covid-19 restrictions were brought in earlier this year.

Owner Jackie Williams had hoped to restart in the summer holidays, but when that wasn't feasible aimed to reopen when pupils return to classrooms in Spetember.

But Jackie says she hasn't heard from the community centre where the group is based about when it would reopen.

She says she has already been given notice to vacate the Wolstanton site by next summer, but with not knowing when you can offer services to parents again has left her with no choice but to close.

Jackie issued this statement via Facebook:

Talking to Signal News Jackie said it's hard to take after 11 years of hard work: "I've got no power to do anything. There's no words to describe how devastated I am. 

"I wish I could turn back time, it feels like a nightmare.

"I have to be careful when I talk about it because I get that upset people don't understand what I'm saying."

Parents have been writing to Newcastle's MP for help to keep the club open.

Jackie has said she's been looking at alternatives sites, but has exhausted all her options.

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