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We are happy to announce our summer events. Join us for adventures, sports, crafts, and more!

Flyers for our Transitions of Oral History Exhibition, Play Scheme Events, Youth Programme Activities, and Belsize Community Events are all attached here.

 

 

 

We have been very lucky to have some great people fundraise for us already this summer.

Peaky Climbers (shown below) raised £1000 for three different charities by bravely setting off on the three peak challenge! Sunayana Clark donated proceeds from her business Feel Good Treatments  in Southgate, giving people the opportunity to feel good and do good at the same time. Charli Sklar raised £370 for Belsize Community Library through her event ‘108 Sun Salutations’. Thank you all so much for your creative fundraising efforts!

 

The second Winch Quiz Evening consisted of laughter, seven rounds of quizzing and entertainment- all presented by local journalist and broadcaster Sonali Shah. We were excited to welcome over 65 people to the event and raised nearly £3000 in donations on the night through ticket sales, donations and monthly giving pledges. The event was catered by Arabesque on Winchester Road and mothers of children at the Winch, who made delicious dessert platters. We were kindly donated table flowers by Achillea in West Hampstead. A very big thank you to all those who attended and made the night as fun and successful as it was!

 

We had a cracking time at our Easter Playscheme where we laid out a lot of activities for the children! The first week of fun was themed ‘play and adventure through time’, in which the children learnt about toys from the past- making noughts and crosses, drafts, cup and ball games and a magnetic fishing game. They also learnt how to play owari (a traditional Ghanaian game) and explored bicycles through the ages.

The second week of the playscheme had an Easter theme, designing and making rabbit toys and cups, baking an Easter cake and most eggcitingly we rounded off the week with an egg hunt!

The  children also went  on some great trips this Easter, including visiting Three Acres community play project  (who The Winch are in partnership with), Primrose Hill, 360 Indoor Play area in Milton Keynes, Oxygen trampoline park in Acton and a cinema trip to see ‘Boss Baby’!

The play team also held a parent survey, to understand how the parents of our Winch children played in their childhood. The team received some fantastic and interesting responses, which they will be using for playscheme ideas in the future.

 

 

On Thursday 23rd February we were very excited to have Victoria Coren Mitchell organise two fantastic fundraising events benefiting Belsize Community Library. The day saw David Walliams do two readings, an afternoon event for children (and some lucky parents!) and an evening event for grown-ups, which was hosted by Victoria. David read from a number of his children’s books, including Gangster Granny and Ratburger, answered a lot of questions from our audiences and even revealed that a character who appears in his books was inspired by a local person!

 

Connecting parents has started an international cooking session, supported by London Borough of Camden through the Strategic Partnership Fund. Sessions are on the third Thursday of every month at Belsize Community Library.  Last month Denise showed the group her recipe for lentil soup, which was a favourite for adults and children alike.

The group has also started a toy swap and held a number of other sessions including a trip to Coram Fields and a Mindful Movement Class for parents and children (run by Vera, one of the parents in the group).

Parents and children from Connecting Parents and Cradles to crawling were able to take a trip to the Royal Academy to see the Russian Revolution exhibition, with tickets kindly donated by Bank of America Merrill Lynch.  They took part in a guided tour of the exhibition by a wonderful volunteer and ended the trip with a picnic in Green Park.

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