Various musical instruments have made appearances at Allsorts over the last few weeks. The children have listened to a euphonium, trombone, guitar, clarinet, flute, piccolo and recorder, and had a go at playing them. They have also been singing lots of nursery rhymes and a welcome song to help learn each other’s names.
Allsorts has also had a visit from Simon, the pastor at Wallingford Baptist Church, and his puppet hedgehog – thank you. French club started again, now on a Monday morning, so that more children can attend. The children have made the most of autumn, collecting lots of leaves and sticks for craft activities. They have also been to Julie’s allotment, paddled down the stream and played games in the park.
Back in the Allsorts garden, the children have picked armfuls of tomatoes, practised kicking, throwing and catching balls, and done some golfing. The garden received an autumn make-over from a weekend working party that included the WI – thank you. We are looking forward to seeing the bulbs create lots of colour.
To mark Halloween, the children ate roasted pumpkin seeds, watched pumpkin lantern-making, and made pumpkin pictures and witches hats. On the night itself, we met at the Red Lion (thank you Mark for hosting us) to eat hotdogs and Halloween cakes, and to guess the weight of the pumpkin. The event raised £96.
We have an ambitious target of raising £6,000 this year to improve the back garden. We are aiming to apply for as many grants as possible, as well as organising fundraising events. These will include a stall at Brightwell School’s Christmas Fayre on 6 December.
The Allsorts committee held its AGM in October. All the existing committee stood again and we welcome one new member, Rachel A. We would like to increase our pool of bank staff who we can call on at short notice to cover staff sickness and other unplanned absences. If you would be interested in joining our bank staff, please do get in touch with Julie, Allsorts manager: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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