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Liddington 2016

Thursday 7th July 11.20pm
 Our last full day and the children are really into the swing of the routine - climbing into and out of harnesses like professionals. Open canoeing, abseiling, fencing, crate challenge and trapeze were featured today. As well as the activities, we also celebrated a trio of birthdays. Even though two of the birthdays are meant to be on Friday, we have so little time on the final day, that we combined all of a celebrations. Cake was shared, Happy Birthday was sung and then we headed off to the final entertainment - camp fire. More songs were sung, stories (complete with children acting) were shared and there were even some toasted marshmallows prepared over the open fire. Final act of the day was to try and start the packing - wish us luck. We will see tomorrow if they finally manage to get their clothes back into the case. Up early tomorrow; lots to do.
Wednesday 6th July 10.30pm
Wednesday has come and gone in a frenzy of activity. There have been three groups raft building during the day, so there will be some really foul washing by the time we return on Friday. Most children have spent a large proportion of the day in a harness and scaling heights or in a harness and throwing themselves from heights. It has also been a day of children facing their fears to try activities; the smiles on their faces as they have succeeded has been wonderful to see. Again, a very warm day has helped us to enjoy ourselves, though there may be a higher risk of rain tomorrow. The day ended with a PGL sports evening: football rounders, badminton, tennis, frisbee and various attempts at tug-of-war kept us all amused until bedtime. Back to rooms now to get ready for bed and, in lots of cases, redistribute the tangled mess of clothes located on the floor in the middle of the rooms. It will be a miracle if they manage to return home bearing the same clothes with which they departed. More harnesses and some open canoeing on the agenda for tomorrow.
Tuesday 5th July 11pm
 Today began with overcast skies after rain during the night. As the skies cleared during the morning, we embarked on our first full day. Aeroball, climbing, giant swing, vertical challenge, raft building and orienteering were just some of the delights we encountered in the course of a very busy, and very warm, day. Our meals were hearty and varied, with the children all tucking in to keep their strength up. Robot Wars ended our day: groups designing and building their human robot with cardboard and tape using a group member to build around. Blindfolded robots then had to be guided by their team members to find, aim and fire water at their opponents. Great fun was had by all. In bed now, hopefully for a good night's rest before another packed day tomorrow.
Monday 4th July 8pm
Well, we are here. All arrived safely after a good journey with only a few minor hold-ups. Our time at Liddington began with a chance to become familiar with the centre, which included some important information and a tour of some key areas, led by our two group leaders, Kat and Cinder. After that we played a few games on the field next to the stables. Some of these games would be great to bring back to Hilltop and teach others. We had our first taste of the Liddington cuisine at dinner: fish fingers and chips or sweet and sour pork with rice were just some of the delights on offer. After this, we had our evening session - Wacky Races. This incorporated lots of silly games which created plenty of laughter and some very interesting photos during the acting races. Then bed, well to rooms at least. Time will tell if the 'going to bed' results in 'going to sleep'. Tomorrow promises to be a very busy day with climbing, raft building,aeroball and abseiling on the agenda.