New playgroup for Oswestry

By Sue Austin | Oswestry | News | Published:

The fathers were having as much fun as the children building towers and tunnels from cardboard boxes and making collages.

Four year old Charlie Willmott-Langston and seven-year-old Harry Willmott-Langston with their father Chris Langston who set up Skidaddles.

A father and toddler playgroup, Skidaddles, has been launched for men who want to join in the fun with their children in Oswestry.

The group held its first meeting in the town at the weekend, to co-incide with Fathers’ Day weekend.

It will initially be held once a month but could become more regular if it proves popular.

Skidaddles was dreamt up by Chris Langston from Oswestry who said the idea grew from having to take his children to playgroups where he was the only man.

"Skidaddles certainly isn't exclusively for fathers but we thought that they might like somewhere where they know there will be other Dads they can chat to."

"Of course we won’t turn mothers away, everyone is welcome.”

This weekend's event was held in the garden at the Kinoculture Cinemaopposite Oswestry Library in Arthur Street, taking advantage of the fine weather.

“We had a storyteller from the Chris Earl Jones from Skimming Stones Theatre Company. We made Father’s Day gifts and we had heaps of fun with a pile of boxes, tubes and sticky things to create and play with outside in the garden. "


"We'd like to say a huge thankyou to everyone in our super generous community who have helped and supported us with the launch of Skidaddles Father and Toddler playgroup. What an amazing community we live in."

The first session was free with a charge for next month's session of just £1. That will include a drink and a snack for the children and tea and toast for dads.

More information can be found on the Skidaddles facebook page.

Sue Austin

By Sue Austin
Chief Reporter

Chief reporter of the Oswestry/Mid Wales office. Keen to hear your news.


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