Youngsters sleep over in a Narnia winter wonderland

MAGICAL Children enjoyed a weekend of Chronicles of Narnia-themed events
MAGICAL Children enjoyed a weekend of Chronicles of Narnia-themed events
Shadwell Road, North End. Picture by Google Maps

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Around 50 members of 8th Portsmouth Girls’ Brigade and 4th Portsmouth Boys’ Brigade enjoyed a Chronicles of Narnia activity day and sleepover.

The event took place at the groups’ base at Copnor Methodist Church, in Copnor Road.

It featured lots of fun and games based around the children’s fantasy stories by C.S. Lewis.

Leaders from both GB and BB wore themed fancy dress, and part of the church building was decorated as the wardrobe, another part as a winter wonderland and a hall as a royal tournament in the magical land of Narnia.

Alex Bearne, Captain of 4th Portsmouth BB, said: ‘The weekend was a lot of hard work but definitely worth it.

‘The children and young people loved it and it was great to hear their laughter as they took part in the games and to see their smiling faces.’

Games at the recent activity day included jousting with foam sticks, archery, relay races and a visit from the evil white witch who was pelted with soft balls before being defeated by Aslan the lion.

The children and young people, aged four to 17, then enjoyed dinner before those aged under eight went home.

The over-eights watched The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe film before sleeping over and attending a special church service the following morning.

Some of the over-eights had also joined in with a joint GB/BB geocaching trip 
in Southsea earlier on the Saturday morning.

Both GB and BB groups offer four to 18-year-olds the chance to make new friends, work for badges, go on camps, and take part in fun activities like craft, music, exploring faith and fundraising.

The BB group meets on a Thursday during term-time from 6pm till 9pm depending on the age group.

The GB group meets on a Monday during term-time: five to 10-year-olds at 6.30pm-8pm and 11 to 21-year-olds at 6.30pm-9pm.

Anyone wanting to find out more about GB can call Sue Garner on 07935 340569, or for BB call Alex on 07940 110340.