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Happy New Year!

Happy New Year one and all. Did everyone manage some downtime over the festivities, including snuggling up in a corner somewhere with a good book? We were super busy with our move, meaning that the TBR pile isn’t any lower than it was at the end of 2019. Never mind, it was worth it.

Chicken and Frog re-opened for business this morning, after a full-on nine days of moving lots of lovely books from one store to another. Don’t worry though, we still managed to eat an inordinate amount of chocolate, but probably took fewer naps than this time of year calls for.

Thank-you to everyone who has supported us on our journey over the past seven years, especially in the past few chaotic weeks. There are too many of you to mention here, but we are truly grateful to friends, family, and customers, who have been part of the story so far. Every interaction, big or small, has helped to shape Chicken and Frog as we know it. We know how lucky we are.

Tomorrow will be a day of r and r, before reality kicks back in. The tuition schedule starts up on Monday, as well as all of the regular sessions that we have on offer throughout the week.

We look forward to seeing you in our new home, in Crown Street. There is a car park opposite the shop (Chatham Way), so it’s even easier to visit.

Until next time, happy reading.

Please note, we do not have a phone line for a few days, so if you need to contact us, please email info@chickenandfrog.co.uk so that we can stay in touch.

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Crowdfunding Wall of Gratitude

We, well you, did it! Within just a few weeks the initial Crowdfunder target was reached and yet you kept on giving.

There aren’t enough words to express our sincere thanks for your love and support for what we do. Here’s the wall of gratitude:

We look forward to welcoming you to our new home in Crown Street, from Saturday 4th January 2020!

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Community Arts Space

As you may know, we are moving to Crown Street in time for the New Year. The plan is to assign our lease in Ongar Road, but for now, we have two spaces. Now, I am pretty resourceful, but even I know that one human being can’t physically be in two places at once.

So, we have come up with an idea to use the space and cover some of the rent, whilst we find someone new to take over this beautiful space.

We are offering artists and crafters (local or far-flung), ‘shelf’ space, to exhibit their arts and crafts. The cost would be just £50 per month, payable in advance. The people using the space would be responsible for providing a team of volunteers to open up.

This is an opportunity for artists and crafters to raise awareness of their work and sell to the public too. Again, this would be managed by the individuals hiring the space.

There are two rooms available, depending on the scale of your project. You would be sharing space with others though. There is a sink and kitchen counter, meaning that you can offer light refreshments to your visitors if you wish to do so.

If you would like to have a chat about the possibilities, please complete the contact form, pop in or call 01277 230068.

 

 

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Little Miss Busy

What a hectic few days we’ve had. Our Crowdfunder campaign launched on Saturday and as I am writing this, we have already reached 88%. Thank-you to all of the wonderful supporters out there; we are truly overwhelmed by your kindness. Once the campaign is over, we will be thanking everyone publicly on the website.

Although we will move to Crown Street irrespective of what we raise, the Crowdfunder means that there will be more money in the pot for the important things, such as more resources for sensory storytelling sessions, which we provide free of charge each month. These resources are available for families and schools to borrow, so the more resources we have, the more children we can support.

In the past week, solicitors, letting agents and surveyors have been instructed; a carpenter has begun work on a beautiful, bespoke counter; the Crowdfunder has launched; scale drawings and plans have been carefully drawn up (by Jim, who has the spacial awareness that I lack); the phone company and publishers’ reps have been forewarned and my ‘to do’ list has grown. It’s all getting a bit real.

Chicken and Frog will remain open on the Ongar Road until 5:00pm on Christmas Eve. We will have a couple of days off to spend with family and friends, before taking on the challenge of moving everything over to our new home. In the meantime, we look forward to seeing you at Lighting Up Brentwood – Mrs Claus has gifts waiting!

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Tonie Boxes

We are delighted to let you know that we stock Tonies.

In a nutshell, the Toniebox is like an audio book in a tough, child-friendly cube. The starter set includes a Creative Tonie, which enables you to upload your own content. You can share the app with family and friends, anywhere across the globe, so that they can record a message, story or song for your child. This can be updated over and over, growing with your child.

There are also pre-recorded Tonies, ranging across genres and ages, including The Gruffalo, Favourite Tales, The Age of Dinosaurs and many more.

If you would like to know more, or see one in action, pop in!

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Summer!

In a week’s time, the summer holidays will have begun for all of our local schools. With six weeks to fill, the school break can be rather daunting for parents and children. But we are here to help, with a whole range of activities.

The Get into Arts Festival is a real celebration of the arts for children and adults of all ages. Tickets are available via the Brentwood Theatre website or their box office (01277 563678).

There’s dance, music, drama, illustration, writing and more, so take your pick!

As well as the festival, we are providing a programme of events at Chicken and Frog. Our regular Creative Writing Club, Handwriting & Fine Motor Skills, Rhythm & Rhyme (Thursdays only in the summer), continue to run throughout the break. All of these sessions are drop-in.

Some sessions have an educational focus and we ask that you book and pay for these in advance:

Our Summer Club is relaxed and great fun, with a range of activities to choose from each Friday. Again, we ask that these are booked and paid for in advance, to ensure that we have all of the resources in place.

Sensory Story Time is on the 3rd August. This month we will be reading the beautiful Handa’s Surprise. Please book your place for this free event, as spaces are limited.

Harry Potter and the Lego Challenge are already fully booked, sorry. Look out for more of the same in the next school break. We have two drop-in sessions planned, suitable for all ages:

The Cafe Corner remains open for light refreshments. Plus, all of the beautiful books, including some super activity books for long journeys, if you are lucky enough to be going away this summer.

The ‘Giraffe’s Can’t Dance’ Party is sure to be lots of fun too – please book up in advance for this, as spaces are limited.

Teen Book Club and Adults’ Book Club are both scheduled to meet up. Remember to pick up your copy of the book, so that you have plenty of time to read it.

Wow, that’s a lot. If you have any questions, you can call us on 01277 230068 or contact us via the form below.