Hungerford Nursery School’s 80th Birthday Celebration 25 June 2022

This year Hungerford Nursery School is proud to be celebrating its 80th birthday. As part of the celebrations a Fun Run was organised at the end of June to symbolise the nursery’s achievement of Running for 80 years. The fun run was the idea of Hannah Harper, one of the nursery teachers.

There was a 5K fun run which began with an energetic warm-up session by Zak Elliot from Shaded Fitness, which was enjoyed by many members of the community.  On a separate route there was a Family Quest for children and their families where nursery staff in fancy dress acted as marshals along the route. Children had passports to get stamped, gathered clues and solved a simple puzzle. Edible medals for both events were baked by nursery staff member, Tessa Brown, who also made the wonderful celebration cake. Nursery staff and governors all took an active part in the organising and marshalling of the event and activities.

The fun run was part of a larger celebration which included a family picnic in the Croft Field. There were various stalls in the nursery, plus entertainment provided by Roxy Storm Hula Hoops, which was great fun for children and parents alike. Laura Farris, MP, joined the celebrations and cut the celebration cake. Other local dignitaries who attended included West Berkshire Councillor and education portfolio holder Dominic Boeck and West Berkshire Councillor Dennis Benneyworth as well as Peter Joseph (Constable of the Town and Manor of Hungerford) and representatives of Hungerford Town Council.

It was a wonderful day for all concerned and a total of £1,576.89 was raised for nursery funds. Suzanne Taylor, the Headteacher, would like to thank everyone who contributed to make the occasion so memorable and enjoyable, including our local businesses which donated raffle prizes so generously.

In conjunction with the event, staff and governors took on a GoFundMe challenge to collectively walk, run or cycle a total of 80 miles. By the time of the celebration this target had been smashed and a total of 306 miles had been achieved.  One member of staff, Luan Pennington, individually achieved 80 miles: a marvelous achievement! If anyone still wishes to donate, this can be done by clicking here.

Hungerford Nursery School – indeed, all maintained nursery schools in the country – continue to operate under a long-running funding crisis due the government not making a proper settlement for their financing. For more on this, please see this separate article.


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