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Bishop Sutton Pre-School & Forest Club, Newsletter May 2019



This summer’s an important one: as you’re likely to have heard, on Friday 21 June we are throwing a party to celebrate our beloved pre-school’s 50th birthday. This is a momentous milestone for the village and a chance to raise a glass to the many ways in which our children, and those in families across the past five decades, have benefitted.

Will you come and help us to PARTY LIKE IT’S 1969? On 21 June Bishop Sutton Village Hall will be transformed into an out-of-this-world venue: expect Live Music from the amazing Treasury Band, playing all your favourite songs from then up till now, a delicious hog roast and a fully stocked cash bar, PLUS a free drink on arrival AND a signature cocktail designed especially for the event! Grab your friends and come along to dance through the decades. This half-century birthday is a total one-off and we promise to give the pre-school a night to remember. Support us by buying your tickets – only £15 – from one of the committee at pre-school drop-off or pick-up, or via EventBritehttp://www.tinyurl.com/partylikeits1969.

Now, helping us party is the easy bit! On to the favours Our pre-school is a charity and its funding relies entirely on efforts made by volunteers on the committee and by parents. Without the money we earn from fundraising events, there simply wouldn’t be a pre-school for our children to go to. So, if you can, please do your bit!

On Sunday 9 June we’re putting on our usual refreshment stall at the Chew Valley 10K. Please could you donate a cake for us? We need to provide 1000 portions – yes, that’s right, it’s a lot of cake. If you’re hopeless at baking, don’t worry, shop-bought is just as welcome, and it can be anything from brownies to cupcakes to Victoria sponge.

If you’re feeling extra generous we also need hands on deck on the day. Can you spare us an hour of your Sunday to do a selling shift? We’d massively appreciate it. The Chew Valley 10K is one of the fundraising highlights of the year, and the more help we have, the better our chances of success. Remember all money made comes straight back into the pre-school and to supporting our little ones’ play and learning. Look out for sign-up sheets in the pre-school lobby and please don’t be shy! Alternatively speak to Chairperson Clare, or me, Emma: we’ll be looking after cake business on the day J.

Furthermore, if you’re interested in marshaling the run, the Primary School is still looking for a few more volunteers to fulfill their quota. Contact Lisa Elliott on 07791 787019.

If you’re away for that but would still like to contribute, Chew Moo’s Open Day will be happening on Saturday 6 July. Pre-school mum Suzanne is set to throw a phenomenal day for all the family, building on the considerable successes of her previous Open Days and offering even more fun activities this year, from bouncy castles to tractor trailer rides, pony rides, a kids’ entertainer and even a live band as the sun goes down. We’re really pleased to be invited to run a couple of stalls. Will you volunteer to put in an hour of your time to help on these? If you would, just let one of us know, or a member of staff, and we’ll be happy to put your name down.  

Another date for your diaries is the Annual General Meeting on Thursday 27 June. This is a great opportunity to meet parents and hear what’s been happening at the pre-school and all that’s coming up for the year ahead. Do come along, all are welcome, mums and dads. You can just sit and listen – or, if you’d like to play a greater part and join the committee then we’d be thrilled. You can sign up in whatever capacity, big or small, and you don’t need any special experience (except maybe chatting and drinking wine/snaffling Quality Streets).

Being on the committee is a fun way to get together and feel involved. If you’d like to join but can’t make it to the AGM then that’s no problem – just let us know BEFORE the AGM by telling Lin or Julie, or filling in the forms that will be on the table in the foyer very soon. 

And remember, after the AGM we’ll be heading down to the Red Lion for the traditional booze-up! We hope to see lots of you there.

In the shorter term, we’re excited about our school trip to Avon Valley Farm next Wednesday 22 June, followed of course by parents’ evening in the School Room between six and eight p.m. For those with children at Forest Club, we also enjoyed our tour of the green space earlier this month. The children are so incredibly chuffed with their forest and it was lovely to see how it inspires their imagination. Feasts were being prepared in the Mud Kitchen, stories written on keyboards under the Evergreen Laurel, and the very important Forest Club Rules imparted to us round the Fire Pit. It was a joy.

So much to be proud of at our lovely pre-school, and so much still to come! Please support us, if you can.

Best wishes,

Bishop Sutton Pre-School and Forest Club Committee

Bishop Sutton Pre-School & Forest Club Newsletter April 2019

Spring has finally sprung! It’s been a busy, happy few weeks at the Pre-School and Forest Club, with the children enjoying bursts of sunshine, designing Mothers’ Day cards and crafting Easter chicks and bunnies, as well as taking advantage of our brand new Tinkering Trolley, which has proven a big hit. The holidays are already here, so, if you can find a second amid the madness of Easter egg hunts, sugar-high meltdowns and chocolate squashed into sofas, we urge you to crack open the Ferrero Rocher and jot down these upcoming dates…

First to mention is our super-exciting ‘Party Like It’s 1969’ birthday celebration, which is taking place at Bishop Sutton Village Hall on Friday 21 June. This party marks 50 years since the launch of our outstanding Pre-School – a major milestone for the village – and promises to be a night to remember. We’ve got live music from The Treasury Band and a licensed cash bar catering all your favouritedrinks. Tickets are a steal at £15, which includes a delicious hog roast and complimentary tipple. Come and help us dance through the decades, as we raise a glass (or bottle, or several bottles) to this magnificent anniversary! Keep an eye out for our out-of-this-world posters and publicity, soon to be all over the place, and spread the word that PARTY is coming to town. Buy your tickets at drop-off or pick-up, or at http://www.tinyurl.com/partylikeits1969.

(If you buy tickets directly from the committee then you’ll avoid the event brite booking fee!)

Also this summer we’ll be supporting the ever-popular Chew Valley 10K on Sunday 9 June with our usual range of cakes and refreshments (appeals for those nearer the time J); plus we’re looking forward to being part of Chew Moo’s Open Day on Saturday 6 July, at which we’ll be fundraising with stalls from the Pre-School. The Chew Moo’s Open Day was a fantastic success last year with some gorgeous late-summer sunshine, and we’re very grateful to Pre-School mum and committee member Suzanne for welcoming us again.

Phew – we’ll need all the chocolate we can get in the run-up to all this. Happy Easter! Pre-School returns (a little fatter) on Tuesday 23 April.

Best wishes, Bishop Sutton Pre-School and Forest Club Committee

Open Morning Saturday 16 March

Open Morning Saturday 16 March

Are you wondering about what kind of childcare you need in the future? Here’s an opportunity to visit our outstanding Pre-School on Saturday 16 March, come and talk to our wonderful staff and see what we do!

10.00am – 12noon Bishop Sutton Pre-School and Forest Club, Bishop Sutton.

Bishop Sutton Pre-School & Forest Club Newsletter Feb 2019

Bishop Sutton Pre-School & Forest Club Newsletter Feb 2019

It’s hard to believe it’s the middle of February already. Christmas seems like a long time ago, even if freezing temperatures and beautiful snow days remind us it’s still winter. Here on the committee we’re looking forward to an exciting and eventful year ahead, a significant one for the Pre-School and Forest Club who will be celebrating their 50th and 10th birthdays, respectively. Watch this space for some very special events to mark these anniversaries. We hope you will be able to join the party(-ies)! And support us in our fundraising fun.

On that note we’d like to thank everyone who strengthened our efforts in 2018. We raised a fantastic amount for the Pre-School last year, the star on top being our incredibly successful Christmas Fayre. Believe it or not we’re already thinking about this year’s… Remember that we are always keen for your time and help, however much or little of those you can give, so if you are interested in volunteering or joining our happy committee then please let us know. Be assured that wine and chocolate are pre-requisites for our gatherings.

Looking to the year ahead, the Pre-School will be welcoming prospective families on our Open Day on Saturday 16th March between 10 a.m. and 12 p.m. If you know parents who might be keen, this is a great opportunity to get a feel for what Lin, Julie and the staff do and to see first-hand the thriving environment in the School Room. (Also keep a lookout for our brand new tinkering trolley, due to land soon!) On Sunday 9th June we’ll be supporting the Chew Valley 10K with cakes and refreshments, then on Saturday 6th July Chew Moo’s ice cream parlour are planning a fundraising day and night at their gorgeous farm at East Dundry. Evening entertainments include a bar, band and hog roast. What more could you want?

Fifty years is a huge milestone for the Pre-School and it’s amazing to think of the many thousands of children who have passed through those doors, many of whom will now be parents, or even grandparents, themselves. The Forest Club enriches little ones’ lives in myriad ways, getting their hands dirty, feeling the sting of the rain on their cheeks, coming home with leaves in their hair and hot chocolate round their mouths, and we hope this first decade is the foundation of many. We wish to celebrate these twin landmarks in style over the summer, so expect a heads-up soon. Plans are afoot!

In the meantime, keep those long hot days in mind. The daffodils are nearly here…

With best wishes,
Bishop Sutton Pre-School and Forest Club Committee read more…

School Closure Today

Dear parents and carers,
Due to the adverse weather conditions we will be CLOSED today, Friday 1st February. Apologies for any inconvenience this may cause.
Bishop Sutton Pre-School
A Glorious Day For Wassailing

A Glorious Day For Wassailing

What a glorious day for a bit of wassailing at Forest Club today! We heated apple juice over the open fire at snacktime. We made sure to give the leftover apple juice to our very special crab apple tree! We sang our wassailing song and bashed sticks together to remind the other trees in our woodland to start waking up. Just lovely. 🍏🌳







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