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ALLSORTS GARDEN TRAIL PLANS

Allsorts Preschool plans a ‘Brightwell-cum-Sotwell garden trail’ on the 8th of May. Funds from the event will help to top up the pot for the garden initiative, which aims to raise £20,000 to create a new play-garden.

The trail will feature a selection of the village’s best gardens – but suggestions are welcome for more. Highlights already planned will include talks and demonstrations from resident horticulturalists Paul Chilton and Ali Quantrell (University of Oxford Botanic Garden), Jason Debney sharing his expertise in garden history, a childrens’ garden and a garden given over to folk music.

Kristen Dudley and Sally Jackson from Allsorts fundraising team write: 'An installation in the phone box gallery will also run in May. This will be based on memories of Allsorts - or ‘playgroup’ as it was historically known – from local people. We started collecting these memories last year to mark our 40th year celebrations and have some lovely stories. However, we could do with a few more.

'Did your children go to the preschool? Are you a former pupil? Have you worked there or do you have any other connection? We would love to hear your memories as well as what you are doing now. Please email allsortsfundraising@gmail.com with your stories and pictures.

'Finally, we would like to say a big thank you for the help and support we have received from villagers over the last year. Our fundraising programme is vital for Allsorts as government-funded hours and fees only cover staff wages and basic running costs. Our fees are much lower than nursery fees, so that we keep early years education affordable for all. Special projects, like the garden, tend to get left until they need a lot of attention – and a lot of money too.'



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