On July 4th the Summer Reading Challenge was launched at Clayton Hall. This summer’s scheme theme is Creepy House. There is nothing creepy about Clayton Hall. It’s a lovingly restored historic house in Clayton Park with a fascinating story. Volunteers have brought it back to life for the local community and schools as a great resource.

Clayton Hall, Summer Reading Challenge, July 4th 2013

The Archives+ team (Joanne and Angela) with Danny Middleton from Reader Development and the Clayton Hall volunteers joined together to deliver the Summer Reading Challenge launch on Thursday 4th July.

Clayton Hall, Summer Reading Challenge, July 4th 2013

2 classes from St Willibrord’s Primary school visited the hall Year 5 in the morning and Year 4 in the afternoon. The classes were told about this years theme for the summer reading challenge which is Creepy House and they all joined up to take the challenge.

Clayton Hall, Summer Reading Challenge, July 4th 2013

The children enjoyed a tour of the hall whilst wearing Victorian dress. They had the chance to try copperplate handwriting, make peg dolls with a creepy theme and sample some of the lovely books that fit in with the Creepy House theme.

Clayton Hall, Summer Reading Challenge, July 4th 2013

The Friends of Clayton Park and Hall have a lovely photograph on display of children sitting on the bridge over the old moat that surrounds the hall. They were able to fulfil an ambition to recreate that photo in the sunshine!

Clayton Hall, Summer Reading Challenge, July 4th 2013

Everyone left really happy with their visit and we wish them luck with their challenge to read 6 books over the summer holidays.

Clayton Hall, Summer Reading Challenge, July 4th 2013