We have had another busy year! Our officers have remained the same, Heather Lepidi, Chairperson, Tony Beckett, Treasurer, and I am still Secretary, and we have a committee of four. By the nature of the group we lose most of the children to Playgroup or Nursery around 3 years of age, but other families have come, mainly by recommendation. The attendance is between 10 and 20 children, with at least one Mum, Dad or Grandma. We have welcomed four new babies in the last few months. We have an informal playtime, a break for fruit, coffee or tea, and after tidying up we sing songs and nursery rhymes.
At Easter each child was given an Easter egg and in summer we had a party at a play gym, all paid for out of the funds. At Christmas we had a party with a visit from Santa, who brought a present of books for each child.
We wished John Jenkinson well when he retired and managed to get a group photo for his book. We were pleased to welcome Rev Judith Satchell, who has visited the group frequently and told the Nativity Story (with difficulty as one of the toddlers was competing for attention!) in Advent.
Pam Hatfield, whose grandchildren are now at school, has helped enormously during the year, serving refreshments for adults and children. We also appreciate the help and support given willingly by Gillian Smith.