Crosthwaite Playgroup Newsletter: Jan-Apr 2016

Welcome back

Happy New Year everyone! We would like to welcome you back and inform you of the latest news from playgroup.

We are delighted to have plenty of regulars now, many of who utilise the Loyalty Card Scheme, an idea that derived from taking your suggestions into account. You can now save up to £4 a month per child!

We hope you are happy with playgroup, and the way it is run. As a committee, we welcome all ideas and suggestions and encourage you to share these - please make a note in the Suggestion Book, this is usually next to the register.

In 2016, we would like to ensure that the efforts of those who volunteer are evenly distributed amongst us. If you can spare a short amount of time this year to support one of the events run by playgroup, we would be delighted to hear from you. Between us we aim to continue to promote and fundraise for playgroup – see below for forthcoming events.

Thank you!


Dates for your diary

Playgroup Mum’s meeting

We aim to have a meeting every term to discuss the things you think might benefit the playgroup and to
arrange forthcoming events. We hope you can join us

Night Out to Zefferelies, Ambleside for Pizza & Music - Friday 12th Feb

On this occasion taxi’s home will be subsidised by playgroup. Please let us know if you would like to come asap so that we can book a group table or two!

Half term (15th- 19th Feb)

No usual Playgroup session. However, back by popular demand is our ‘Pancake Party’, celebrating a favourite tradition! The morning of Tuesday 16th February will be filled with the usual playgroup fun & games, bouncy-castle and baking. We will finish off with a lunch for all (children & parents). Additional fees apply (please see poster or ask Maria for details).

Family Fun Day Out : Children’s Book Festival 2016, Wray Castle - Sunday 6th March

Come along and join in with the Book Festival activities – spend time indoors or enjoy the grounds. Bring along a family picnic! We will meet at 10am at the entrance to Wray Castle. Please add your name to the list at playgroup.

Nearly New Sale Set Up & THANK YOU drinks! – Friday 11th March

Setting up of tables in the village hall, receiving and laying-out of goods. Followed by drinks and food at The Punchbowl, Underbarrow. Playgroup will be providing the thank-you drinks!

Nearly New Sale – Saturday 12th March 9am – 12 pm at Crosthwaite Memorial Hall

Time to have a clear-out for the spring sale! Playgroup profited £200 from the Autumn 2015 sale, and once again we kindly ask for baby clothes to be bundled together, and all items to be in good condition (0-12 years). Sellers will make 80% of the takings from each sale, and only 20% will be deducted, going directly to the running of playgroup.
For more information, or a selling code contact: Maria at Playgroup, or Emma Metcalfe at Crosthwaite School (015395 68471).

Damson Day – Saturday 16th April

This is the main money-earner for playgroup – it covers the cost of the hall hire!
Each year, we support Damson Day, a very popular local event. Playgroup will run the raffle stall, as well as providing refreshments. This is a worthwhile cause and we hope you can help support it. We will need a few volunteers to carry out the roles on the day, and some substantial raffle prizes too, if possible!
Raffle tickets will be available to buy, and to sell to friends and family nearer the time.

Easter Holidays (25thMarch- 11th April)

No Playgroup. An outing or party will be organised, if we have the interest.


Suggestion Book

If there is anything you would like to see, or happen differently during Playgroup, please let us know. The book is always available and is usually in the kitchen, or by the register during sessions.

Last year your suggestions were put in place :
- baby area with chairs for breastfeeding
- larger equipment such as cars, bikes & tractors located in the bottom half of the hall
- blankets and cushions for the baby area
- musical instruments used in our singing time
- water and healthier snacks with occasional staggered snack during busy times.

We are looking at having a ‘spring clean’ and sorting out equipment that needs replacing. Again any suggestions of replacement toys & equipment are welcomed.

Monthly Visits

We are hoping that our 1st visitor this year will provide an awareness of Child Safety with additional information on First Aid courses. We hope you will find these visits beneficial and if you would like a particular area covered, we will try our best to find someone to come along. Alternatively, if you know anyone then please let us know. Future visitors we hope to include are a Local Health Visitor and a Massage Therapist trained in Pregnancy Massage.

100 club

At the end of February we will be re-running our 100 club. Costing only £12 for the year!
We draw two names each month for cash prizes, and aim to reach the 100 members mark this year, so  please spread the word. The more members we have, the more money we can give as prizes!

100 Club – 2016!

The first draw of the year will be held at the Nearly New Sale.
1st prize will be doubled, totalling £25.00.
2nd prize will be £10.00.
For the remainder of the year, the prize money will be:
1st prize £12.50
2nd prize £5.00


We aim to keep this up to date to enhance our playgroup and keep you up dated, especially for those who don’t use our Facebook page, with events, yearly calendar, snack rota & mailing list!

Snack duties

We really appreciate everyone who provides healthy snacks and treats for snack time. As our playgroup is expanding, so is the time taken to prepare and tidy up at snack time. We would kindly like to ask for smaller quantities for each child at snack time, with less of an emphasis on cakes! Please don’t feel obliged to go to any great lengths with baking as a biscuit is still a lovely treat! This should be a welcome relief for some parents! As an alternative, could you bake a delicious cake for one of our fundraising events instead?
Extra help when clearing away to help the person on duty will make all the difference too….many thanks in advance!

Display Board

Angela’s next display will be a permanent one to celebrate our children and their special birthday’s. Many of our mums already celebrate their child’s birthday at snack time by bringing along a cake to share with friends. We would be grateful if you could bring along a photo of your child/children to add to our ‘birthday train’ display!

Many thanks for your support,
Maria Cervetti: 07824442306 Cath Elliott: 07849106230 Sarah Probert