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Easter Holidays

Hello all. As the Easter holidays are almost here – schools in Essex are finishing super early – we have a whole host of fun activities to keep the children busy and the adults happy!



The author events, Rhythm and Rhyme, Creative Writing Club and Fine Motor Skills are all drop-in, with no need to book.

Lego is now fully booked on Tuesday 9th April, sorry!

Art with Bailey must be booked and paid for in advance, so that we can provide all of the materials needed.

If you have any questions, feel free to call us on 01277 230068 or email

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As you may know, Godspell will soon be showing at the Brentwood Centre:

Tickets are available with us, as well as online. Each ticket sold will result in a donation to our daughter’s drama school fund. Here’s a message from Holly:

I have been offered a place at Emil Dale Academy to study foundation musical theatre. This is the next step to me reaching my dreams of performing on the West End! To help with the cost of equipment I’ve held a concert, and now will be helping to promote the brilliant Godspell, soon to be performed at the Brentwood Centre.

I hope to see you there❤️


Tickets are available at Chicken and Frog Bookshop, with £5.00 from each sale going towards Holly’s Drama School Fundraiser.

Please note: Tickets must be purchased with cash or cheque only.


A little about the show:

The musical is structured as a series of parables, primarily based on the Gospel of Matthew. However, four of the featured parables are only recorded in the Gospel of Luke, and the narrative of the woman taken in adultery is only in the Gospel of John. The parables are interspersed with music set primarily to lyrics from traditional hymns, with the passion of Christ appearing briefly near the end of the show.

The score is rock-tastic and it’s sure to be a fantastic show!

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Community Space

Our classroom/events space is a lovely little nook, which currently goes unused at various moments throughout the week. So, we are opening it up as a community work space.

We can accommodate 8 people comfortably – groups and individuals are welcome. To avoid disappointment/frustration, we ask that you book your slot in advance.

Term time availability is as follows:

Mondays 10:00am – 3:00pm

Tuesdays 11:00am – 1:00pm

Wednesdays 10:00am – 3:00pm

Thursdays 12:00pm – 3:00pm

Fridays 10:00am – 3:00pm

For further information, or to book a place, please complete the contact sheet below or call us on 01277 230068.

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Competition Time

We are holding a Creative Writing Competition, which is open to all school aged children. The competition is split into Key Stages, with prizes on offer for each category.
The prizes will be a bundle of books for the winners, plus a free author/ illustrator visit for the overall winner’s school.
Here are the rules:
  • One entry per child
  • Entries must be clearly marked with the name, age, school year and school name
  • Entries can be typed or hand written
  • Entries to be delivered to Chicken and Frog Bookshop by 5:30pm, Monday 1st April
  • Entries must be original creations
  • Entries can be poetry or prose
The theme is ‘The Greatest Prank’.
Good luck!
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I’ve only just got used to writing 2019 as the date and yet, half term is already creeping up. The February half term is generally a bit tricky. The weather is soggy at best, causing the January blues to seep into the following month.

Never fear, we are on hand to entertain your children, so that you can have a bit of a breather. If you pop over to our sister site, you can find out about the Mini Fest that’s on from Thursday 21st to Saturday 23rd February. Tickets are available via this snazzy link.

But, before the Mini Fest you have almost a week to fill. we’ve got it covered. As well as our regular Rhythm and Rhyme sessions, and Creative Writing*, there’s all of this:



*Please note that Creative Writing will not be running on the 23rd February, due to an awesome illustation workshop with Wilbur.

And to round the week off, there’s this:

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#giveabook returns

This year’s #giveabook campaign launches on Saturday 3rd November.

It’s a very simple idea. We’re teaming up with Children First Fostering Agency again to get as many books as possible out to children in care. You pick the book, we’ll wrap and deliver it.

Not local? Don’t worry, we can take orders over the phone or via email. Payments can be made to PayPal: (please click on ‘friends and family’).

Let’s make this year’s campaign the biggest and best yet!


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Book Club?

I’ve been inspired by the brilliant author and storyteller extraordinaire, Chitra Soundar, to float an idea your way. Rather than try to word it myself, I’ll just share Chitra’s Tweet, which gets straight to the point:

So, my question is, who’s interested? I’m thinking one evening a month, here at the bookshop. Attendees purchase the book from us, in advance and get a free cup of tea or coffee at each meeting (plus biscuits of course). The first meeting could be an opportunity for us to meet and discuss our current favourite books – anything from picture books to YA, fiction and non-fiction, poetry…

If you’d like to get involved, let me know!

Happy reading,