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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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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.