Billinge in Bloom

The opening of Discovery Dell and Billinge in Bloom!

There has been a hive of activity at Billinge House today as the official opening of the new playground, Discovery Dell took place, before a wonderful festival, Billinge in Bloom was held to raise money for Cancer Research.

Firstly, Governors and other invited guests arrived and assembled around the brand new playground, named Discovery Dell. Designs for this development had been submitted back in October last year and our Maintenance Team, with direction and ideas from Mrs Dixon (and of course the children and staff at Billinge House!) soon set to work on making the project come to life. Lots of hard work from contractors, Singleton Groundworks ensured that the playground soon took shape. Over the coming months, the children watched on excitedly and today, they were able to finally see it in all its glory.

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Discovery Dell is a haven of adventure for our children. It boasts a cycle track, music wall, playhouses (generously bought by the Westholme Association) and a bark surface with stepping stones made of wood. Flower beds and brightly coloured artwork also help to enhance the Dell.

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Mrs Horner thanked everyone who was involved in helping to create Discovery Dell; Mr Peter Forrest, Vice Chairman of Governors and Chair of the Buildings Committee was influential in making sure the playground was developed with the correct regulations in place, the Maintenance Team were also thanked for their hard work and so was Mrs Helen Berry from the Westholme Association. Soon enough, the ribbon was cut and Discovery Dell was declared officially open.

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Once the celebrations of the morning were over, attention then moved onto Billinge in Bloom. For many weeks, children and staff had been submitting entries for this competition, which was in aid of raising money for Cancer Research. Categories for children included, Vegetable Animal, Pencil Drawing and Photographs whilst staff submitted entries for groups including Homemade Produce, Adult Colourings, Cakes, Scones and Craftwork.

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We welcomed four special guests to come and judge the competition; Mr and Mrs Smethurst (grandparents to Rylan Clark, Year 2 and experienced in taking part in shows to display their Alpine Plants), Governor, Mrs Anne Booth and Chairperson of the Westholme Association, Helen Berry.

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The judges found it to be extremely difficult to select first, second and third place winners in each category, but soon enough, they were seen making those all important decisions. Well done to all of our winners and special congratulations to Vedansh Jesthi who won the overall ‘Best in Show’ trophy.

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Once the judging was over, we welcomed many parents into school to enjoy cream teas and to hear the winners being announced. An amazing £367.34 was raised which will all go to Cancer Research. We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our judges and to everyone who took part in this wonderful event.

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