Sunday, 19 September 2021
SCORES of children and their parents attended an Easter fun day at Shiplake Village Nursery.
The youngsters were able to meet and feed lambs from Princes Manor Farm at Harwell as well as a hen named Geoff and her chicks who were brought along by Sophie Pentecost, from Henley.
Phil Dyer, from Dunsden, was exhibiting a 1935 Fordson Model N tractor which he regularly exhibits at agricultural shows.
There was also face painting, storytelling and stalls selling cakes, chocolates and crafts made by parents. The children took part in an Easter bonnet parade in which they lined up in front of the hall to be photographed by their parents.
Friday’s event raised £230 towards resources with help from a raffle with prizes donated by the Henley branches of Tesco and Waitrose, Henley chocolatier Gorvett & Stone and Sugar Lily Cakery, of Caversham.
Members Shiplale’s Rosemary Club for retired people also attended.
Organiser Karen Hawkes, from Dunsden, said: “We held this for the first time last year and it was very successful so we wanted to repeat it. It’s not just about raising funds but making the community aware that we’re here.
“We were very pleased with the turnout and the Rosemary Club members got a huge amount of pleasure from seeing the children as some of them are quite isolated at times. We were very lucky with the weather, which was almost too good to be true for the time of year.”
Headteacher Katherine Page-Howie said: “It was such a lovely afternoon and a wonderful opportunity for many young children, not just those who are members of our nursery, to come together and enjoy the beautiful surroundings.”
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