A STAY and Play group near Hereford has held its last session.

The group, called Mini Moles, was set up in Moreton-on-Lugg a few weeks before the first lockdown in 2020.

Nikki Deacon and Becci Forsyth, joined forces to build a welcoming place of play for children and families, and came up with inventive ways to keep the community going during the pandemic. This included toy drives, a griant bear exercising in the street and treasure hunts.


Weekly themed sessions were held, alongside the continual provision of toys, crafts, stories and songs. 

The group enjoyed weekly themed sessions alongside the continual provision of toys, crafts, stories and songs. Due to the cost of living crisis, the service evolved to provide warm drinks, toast and a selection of snacks at each meeting at no extra charge.

"The group has had some lovely volunteers over different periods of time and we're very grateful to receive funding from Moreton-on-Lugg Parish Council and the village hall over the past year," said Becci.

"You can see on the group's Facebook page with the comments from people whom attended just how impacting and supportive the initiative has been.

"Whilst we feel very sad about the decision to close, we have hinted that we have other plans to keep bringing the families in the community together."