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• Congratulations to Marlborough in Bloom!
• Youth and Community Centre turns over a new LEAF
• Hungerford Nursery School needs your help
Well done to one and all who’ve helped Marlborough win not just Gold – again! – in this year’s RHS South West in Bloom competition, but also South West Travel’s highest marks in category trophy... and the Sponsors’ cup for the most meritorious entry.
Chairman of Marlborough in Bloom Steve Pascall expressed his thanks to Marlborough Town Council staff who made sure flower tubs didn’t dry out during this summer’s heatwave, and added: “We’re not going to sit back now, we want to improve things further, get Marlborough looking even better. It’s not so much about gaining the awards but making the town better for everyone. Marlborough is a wonderful place, it deserves looking after and attracting even more visitors to the town. My plans for next year include getting more children involved and growing things. We have lots of ideas.”
And let’s not forget Action for the River Kennet, who won the Sutton Seeds Cup for an Outstanding Area of Nature Conservation, after all their work at the Stonebridge Wild River Reserve. Kudos to Project Officer and Volunteer Co-ordinator Anna Forbes for her work on the project, and for giving credit to the ARK volunteers she’s co-ordinated so well for so long – all 146 of them.
The government intends to make drastic cuts to the money allocated for Maintained Nursery Schools in 2020 – meaning that Hungerford Nursery School is going to lose almost a third of their budget in just over a year’s time. And this, as you can guess, is going to have a devastating effect not just on the school itself but also on the community as a whole.
All Maintained Nursery Schools transform children’s lives, especially those of the most vulnerable in the community. They do that by providing the highest quality early years education, in that they have to meet much higher standards than those of other early years providers. This requires much more qualified staff, such as DfE qualified teachers, a Headteacher and a Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator. And these are statutory requirements.
And the result of those requirements? All Maintained Nursery Schools are expected to contribute towards the government’s Social Justice objectives. At Hungerford Nursery School this year, 51% of Early Years Premium children were below age-appropriate behavioural expectations when they started. But on exit they had all caught up and were in line with – or even exceeding – those expectations. And that’s just one example of how well Hungerford Nursery School helps give children the kind of start in life they need. So for the sake of both Hungerford Nursery School and the community it’s been serving so well for so long, please show your support. Write to Richard Benyon MP, Park Street, Newbury RG14 1EA to make it clear to him – and the government – how well the school has served your family and the area, and that’s why those planned Maintained Nursery School allocation cuts should not happen. (TOP)
Over the summer, Hungerford Youth and Community Centre underwent a facelift by having a brand-new kitchen and new flooring fitted throughout the downstairs, which made an enormous difference to the feel and functionality of the space.
“The Centre is already feeling the benefits of its new look with the addition of two new weekly user groups; a home education group called L.E.A.F. (Linking Education and Families) and Mini Professors, a science class for toddlers”, said Charlie Barr, Chair to Hungerford Youth and Community Centre Committee.
Adding a kitchen was a great move – it’s opening up new possibilities for the town’s youth clubs and other groups. Thanks must go to the team at Greenham Trust, The Town and Manor of Hungerford Charity and Howdens Joinery who made it all possible with their kind donations. Thanks must also go to Steve Lukacs from Aspect Kitchens and Bathrooms and David Moore from Orange Key for their hard work. The Committee are delighted that all that hard work is paying off and invite us all to watch this space: they have plenty more ideas in the pipeline. (TOP)
Congratulations to Marlborough in Bloom!
Hungerford Nursery School needs your help
Youth and Community Centre turns over a new LEAF