Our Pre-School is a charity and is totally dependent on the support of our friends and families. We hold various events every year to raise funds to improve our setting and to have fun! Our Story Den and fabulous garden are the results of efforts, not only by staff and committee but by the people and businesses in our community.
£1,958.69 from the Co-op Local Community (Nov 2017 to Oct 2018)
Thanks to the Co-op members who registered us as their preferred charity for the year, the Co-op donated 1% of what they spent on selected own-brand products and services.
This fantastic amount will be put towards our Forest School equipment and training.
Balance-A-Thon week and May Day Fun Day 2018
After two successful charity walks in as many years, the Committee decided to involve more of the community in our annual fundraiser by running a Balance-A-Thon week commencing Monday 30th April and ending at the Spring May Day Market on Saturday 5th May.
During session the children did slack lining; obstacle courses and Balanceability. At the market we had a bouncy castle and craft activities such as plate/tile painting and face painting by the lovely Shannon, our chair’s niece. It was a lovely and hot day and our freshly made and healthy fruit kebabs went down a treat. Thank you all who came along to support us on the day and to give their time to manning the stalls. We raised £212.10 from sales; £1070.50 from the sponsorships and a further £86.76 from Gift Aid.
This year’s fundraising will be put towards an enclosed sand pit that can be used whatever the weather.
Tesco’s Bags of Help – November & December 2017
We would like to thank you and Tesco for the wonderful result of your fundraising efforts in collaboration with Tesco’s Bags of Help at Tesco Express in Forest Row.
This was where the money raised from the 5p bag levy in Tesco stores is being used to fund thousands of community projects across the UK.
All your tokens in our bin were added up and we are pleased to say we won first prize, which was an amazing £2,550!
The funds will be used over the next year to:
- send Jade and Sarah on a full Forest School training course
- Add a child safe ring fire pit to our existing mud pit and woodwork station in the conservation area
- add new natural resources such as a mini beast tower and worm farm
Thank you all again!
Jumble Sale – 4th November 2017
What a great fundraising event! Thank you to all our parents and friends who donated jumble, made cakes and came along and spent money on Saturday.
It was a brilliant fundraising event and we couldn’t have done it without all your donations. We managed to raise £465 on the day and still have some jumble to sell which we hope will make a little more in the next couple of weeks.
The funds will go towards further improving our outdoor area with a bike shed and subsidising the transport for our fantastic outing to Drusillas Zoo we have planned for next March.
Local Forest Row Charity donates £1000!
A very big thank you to a local charity for stepping in to give us the final £1000 needed to cover the £2878 cost of the rubber mulch. Here is a picture of our latest upgrade, which the children love.
Waitrose Community Matters – July 2017
We would like to thank our parents who took the time to write to Waitrose East Grinstead and nominate us as a worthy cause for their monthly Waitrose Community Matters scheme.
Waitrose kindly gave us the month of July so that our parents, friends and family could vote for us with their green tokens. We have now been given a cheque for £239 which is being added to the fundraising for the rubber mulch to be installed under the climbing frame. Thanks again to all our supporters and Waitrose!
Forest Row C of E Primary School Fayre Saturday 15th July 2017
Thank you to all our parents, committee and staff who helped man our popcorn and play dough stall. We raised £95 which is to go towards our new rubber mulch area to be installed under the climbing frame in the summer holidays.
Celebrating YELFIE week for Charlie 23 June 2017
This week was ‘wear yellow’ to raise awareness of Cystic Fibrosis (CF) week.
Jade, our Supervisor said “We decided to get involved in support of Charlie and his family. We wanted to show them how important they are to us and help towards long term research in treating Cystic Fibrosis. Charlie is the most amazing, brave little boy and it is an absolute pleasure to watch him grow at Pre-School. As a Pre-School we focus highly on our community links and our work with local families, this is something we all felt strongly about and wanted to support the Boxer family as much as we could.
We want to create awareness and understanding of CF, to the community as a whole and particularly to other Pre-School settings and children. If we all take part and help, hopefully all CF sufferers can be as healthy as Charlie is currently.”
A big thank you to our parents and friends for helping us raise £125 for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust. We even got a special mention in Parenta.
Forest Row Twinning Association’s Fun day 17 June 2017
Thank you to Peta, Sam, Heather, Lauren, Veronika, Jade and Sarah who helped at our popcorn and play dough stall on the village green. The children loved the banana, mint, saffron, strawberry and other smelling play dough made by the staff. Thank you to our parents: Emmeline, Paul, Peta, Stella and Heidi for donated the ingredients.
It was lovely to socialise under the shade of the gazebo (thank you Julia) and raise £41.30 which will go towards ‘tools’ for the toolshed in for the Forest Garden where our tadpoles are currently turning into frogs!
Charity Walk May 2017
This year saw the 2nd annual Charity Walk take place on Sunday 7th May. It was 4km and along the Forest Way. Although not a strong turnout, the 6 children that took part managed to raise an amazing £691! A big ‘well done’ to all those parents and children for their wonderful efforts.
These funds will be put towards improving the area under the climbing frame in the garden.
Currently, the bark chippings end up in the sand pit and on the grass which increases the risk of the children hurting themselves if they fall. Replenishing the bark chippings a few times a year is also costly.
We would like to replace it wit a natural mix rubber mulch, made from shredded rubber chippings. It is long lasting and absorbs considerable impact from trips and falls to ensure safe landing for the children. It is however expensive, so our committee is applying for funding from various sources to boost the money raised.
Christmas Raffle 2016
Thank you to all our parents and carers for their generous donations to the Christmas hamper. It looked wonderful. Thank you also to the committee for sourcing the prizes donated by the following sponsors:
The Wiremill in East Grinstead for an overnight stay and 3 course meal for two
Family entry tickets to Godstone Farm
Two children’s free entry tickets to Drusilla’s Park
A £20 voucher from Clever Clogs in East Grinstead
A set of Shellac gel nails by Lauren Collins
A Free yoga session from Yard Yoga in Forest Row
A Hair cut at the Barbers in Forest Row
A Fun Abounds entry voucher
A box of Lego from Cole’s Estate Agents in Forest Row
36 colour pencils from Conscious Craft
A box of chocolates from the Co-op in Forest Row
And a bottle of bubbly from Tesco Express in Forest Row
We raised £232.00 from the sale of the raffles.
Charity Walk May 2016
Our wonderful 2015/2016 committee headed by our Chair, Lauren, decided to have a Charity Walk along the Forest Way on 21 May to raise funds for a new wendy house for the Pre-school’s front garden. Lauren and Ben, our Treasurer, had already enlisted a friend to build the wendy house, for free, with the help of Ben over the summer holidays.
As our children vary in age from two to four years old, the committee set parents an option of two distances, namely a 2.5km and a 4km walk. It was a wonderful turnout, with parents, children, siblings, friends and pets starting at 10:30am on the Saturday morning. It was thoroughly enjoyed and the children especially loved being called up afterwards to receive their medals and certificates.
Thank you to all who took part and those that cajoled friends and family to donate so generously. One mum even took the sponsorship form with her to her Hen night! You have raised an amazing £1202.25 for the wendy house. Well done everyone!
And this is the wonderful wendy house that Rory and Murray’s daddy, Ben, built for us with the proceeds. We absolutely love it!
Thank you Ben for all those hours over the summer, we really appreciate it.
The new shelter
With the kind donation of wooden posts from Mid-Sussex Timber, the 2014/2015 committee arranged for the building of a shelter outside Pre-school over the summer holidays. This to protect the children and parents from the elements whilst waiting at the beginning and end of sessions.
Thank you to all parents, family and friends who helped us fundraise over the last year, but especially to Trish and the 2014/2015 committee.
Rydon’s paint-athon & Parents’ contributions
It had been two years since our lovely friends at Rydon transformed our Story Den and office and this Easter holiday they have been at it again. Three lovely ladies, Debbie, Hannah and Sarah volunteered to re-paint our entrance hall, bathrooms, kitchen and cloakroom and what a wonderful job they did! Thank you so much for your time and hard work and for Rydon for allowing them to spend time away from work to help us out. It looks lovely and is much appreciated by the children, staff and parents.
We would also like to thank all the mums and dads who donated paint, step ladders and the committee for providing tea and cake.
We have also been asking parents to make a voluntary contribution of £10 each term which we have put towards planting new turf in our front garden and putting up a high bar next to the climbing frame. A big thank you to one of our dads, Paul for ‘planting’ the high bar and to our committee for coming in to water the new lawn over the holidays. It looks lovely and the children cannot wait to play on it next week!
Christmas Party Raffle
Thank you all parents and committee for selling raffle tickets to your family and friends and for loading the Chirstmas Hamper with delicous treats for the festive season. Thank you also for our community supporters who donated prizes, including the Swan Mountain Restaurant, Finising Touch and the Barbers. You helped raise an awesome £289 which the committee will put to good use in the new year.
Well done to the children whose adorable Snowmen took part in the annual Chirstmas Tree Festival in Holy Trinity Church and came first! A big thank you to Viki, on our fundraising committee, who got the tree to the church and decorated it.
Summer Raffle at the Leaver’s Party
On the last day of the summer term we were once again fotunate to have the sun shining down on all our leavers, their families and little Pre-school friends. There was a big buzz during the bug hunt and a lot of quick licking of melting ice-creams before the Raffle draw. Thank you to all our parents and friends who helped raise over £240 in raffle ticket sales and for the huge loot of summer goodies donated in the Hamper. We also gave away a day at Lingfield Park Racecourse for two (thank you Neil and Christine), a Fat Face voucher (thanks to Viki) and tea for two at Cafe’ Coco. We hope all the winners enjoy their spoils.
Forest Row C of E Primary School’s Summer Fair
This year’s fair had a Wild West theme and fortunately for the PTA it certainly was hot and the ice-creams and drinks went down a treat!
Each year we have a stall and this time the children were invited to make Indian headdresses and to play coconut shy. (Even the coconuts were suitably dressed). Good fun was had by all and we even raised £69. Many thanks to our committee and parents for all their help.
Usborne books fundraising success
Thank you to all our parents, friends and family for your support with the Usborne sponsored listen. Our children listened to an amazing 52 hours and 28 minutes of logged reading in February during the challenge week!
From this exercise, our children raised an huge £308.60 in sponsorship, so Usborne has given an extra 30% of that in free books. This amounts to a fantastic total of £401.18 in free new books for the Story Den, which is in excess of 60 books.
On Tuesday 25th March the children, parents and staff gathered for the presentation of the new books. Julia Richardson, a bank staff member and Usborne Representative, awarded all the children who took part with a certificate. The child who listened to the most stories during that week, with a total of 400 minutes, received their very own book. Thank you to all for taking part!
How the Story Den came to Life!
Last year, we decided that our next project was to renovate some of the rooms in our building. We approached Rydon, a building and construction company based in Forest Row, and they could not wait to help. They gave up time and resources to come and redecorate our quiet room transforming it into the Story Den that you see today where children listen and create stories, perform puppet shows and make music. They even created an office out of some storage space! Our fabulous garden was another project where all of our supporters came together to plan, dig and design a wonderful outdoor space where the children want to play whatever the weather.
Here are just some of our supporters in the community:
And not forgetting…
Showerking, Nick The Butcher at Old Crown Farm, The O’Neill Partnership, Alan Maybe, Danny Mullender (Mtech), Julie Corbin, Simon Wells.
The Co-Op Food, Cyrnel Bakery, Cafe Coco’, The Swan, Seasons, Chartham Park, Veasy & Sons Fishmongers, Kingsnorth Interiors and Bishops Hardware.