St Ives School grounds given a spring makeover

St Ives School in Haslemere saw children, staff and parents come together for a ground force afternoon last week. They worked together to weed, clear, sweep, plant and decorate the school surroundings and took great pride in adding their own special touch to the grounds of the school.

The afternoon allowed children to work in mixed groups to take responsibility for the upkeep of the school grounds. This was achieved by completing activities such as pebble decorating, planting herbs, sewing wild flower seeds and re-planting hanging baskets. Of course there was a much needed rest mid-way through the afternoon for a drink and a biscuit for the busy bees!

It was fantastic to see the whole school getting stuck in with the community project, (including the Nursery children and staff), as well as children working alongside their friends and relatives to further improve their school surroundings.

St Ives would like to thank Haslemere Garden Centre and Squires Garden Centre for supporting the ground force afternoon.

Colourful show as St Nick’s takes on Joseph

St Nicholas’ School in Church Crookham put on a  colourful performance recently. The senior production was Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, with music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Tim Rice.

A West End favourite, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is a family musical about the trials and triumphs of Joseph, Israel’s favourite son.

With a wonderfully diverse musical score and a cast and crew of nearly 60 pupils, supported by a ten-piece band, this high-energy production was indeed a truly colourful event.  There was a dazzling array of spectacular costumes including, of course, “the coat!”

The show was great fun for all the performers, with music ranging from the Country and Western style of  One more Angel to the rocking 50s Elvis pastiche of Song of the King.

Senior pupils Catherine Harris, who played Joseph, and Charlotte Hutchinson and Jessica Phillips, who were the Narrators, were outstanding in their roles, showing great stamina, vocal quality and stage presence.

Director and Head of Drama Josie Downer said: “Everyone has worked so hard and it is very rewarding seeing the girls put on such a slick and thoroughly professional production.”

Vintage tea at Blenheim Court raised money for Liss Triangle

Blenheim Court Care Home welcomed visitors on Friday, March 9, when it hosted an afternoon vintage high tea. Money raised from the event has been donated to the Triangle Community Centre in Liss.

The staff team delighted in welcoming the guests, who were treated to delicious homemade pastries, cakes and refreshments in the sun filled bistro and bar, freshly made by the home’s head chef.

Guests attending the event had the opportunity to tour the home including the cinema, music room and beauty salon as well as individual rooms and facilities.

General Manager Lee Houston said: It’s wonderful to be able to host these events and give something back to the Triangle Centre, particularly as they have been so supportive to us throughout the last year.”

For more information about Blenheim Court Care Home and the upcoming events please contact Lee Houston General Manager on 01730 606530 or email manager@blenheim-court.com

Book now for Easter holiday fun from the RAPP van

A cracking Easter holiday is in store for youngsters across East Hampshire as the Rural Areas Play Project (RAPP) and Get Activ8d schemes are back to provide ‘egg-citing’ activities over the two-week break.

The Easter holidays are nearly here and children, parents and grandparents from around the district are set to have great fun at the two schemes organised by East Hampshire District Council.

The two-week Easter Holiday programme runs from Tuesday, April 2 to Friday, April 13, and the RAPP vans will be visiting towns and villages across East Hampshire, including Froyle, Whitehill and Bordon, Rake, Buriton, Clanfield, Selborne, Horndean, Liphook, Medstead, Lindford, Liss, Froxfield, Bentley, East Meon and Greatham.

RAPP was set up 12 years ago by East Hampshire District Council to give children up to the age of 11 (under eights must be accompanied by an adult) the opportunity to get involved in fun activities, games, adventures, workshops and meet new friends in the school holidays.

This Easter, RAPP will feature lots of Easter-themed arts and crafts sessions, as well as some samba drumming, bug hunting, balloon making, volcano ‘eggs-ploding’, plant growing, kite flying, raft building, unicorn making fun!

The full programme of activities and locations can be found here: https://www.easthants.gov.uk/rapp

Get Activ8d, which provides sporting activities to children aged seven to 14, is also back this Easter in Alton, Whitehill & Bordon, Kingsley, Blackmoor, Horndean and Petersfield.

The Get Activ8d Easter programme includes street dance, cheerleading, hula hooping, tennis, golf, gymnastics and climbing sessions.

The full programme of activities and locations can be found here: https://www.easthants.gov.uk/get-activ8d

You will be able to book online from 10am on Tuesday, March 20 through the My East Hampshire District Council portal: https://my.easthants.gov.uk/login/.