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The Hungerford Nursery: still running, 80 years on!





IT was 1940; war was raging and Winston Churchill made his famous 'fight them on the beaches' speech in the year The Hungerford Nursery School was founded.

Eighty years on, the school's Shoal of Friends celebrated the remarkable anniversary with a day of fun and celebration on Saturday, June 25.

One of the teachers, Hannah Harper, came up with the 5k 'fun run' idea.

Hungerford Nursery 5km run and a ‘Family Quest’ in Hungerford Marsh.. (57567284)
Hungerford Nursery 5km run and a ‘Family Quest’ in Hungerford Marsh.. (57567284)

And on a separate route there was a ‘Family Quest’ for children and their families.

Hungerford Nursery 5km run and a ‘Family Quest’ in Hungerford Marsh.. (57567293)
Hungerford Nursery 5km run and a ‘Family Quest’ in Hungerford Marsh.. (57567293)

Nursery staff and governors took an active part in the organising and marshalling of the event.

For the Family Quest, nursery staff acting as marshals were in fancy dress along the route.

Hungerford Nursery 5km run and a ‘Family Quest’ in Hungerford Marsh.. (57567290)
Hungerford Nursery 5km run and a ‘Family Quest’ in Hungerford Marsh.. (57567290)

Children had ‘passports’ to get stamped, gathered clues and solved a puzzle.

Hungerford Nursery 5km run and a ‘Family Quest’ in Hungerford Marsh..Ready to go on the Family Quest. (57567303)
Hungerford Nursery 5km run and a ‘Family Quest’ in Hungerford Marsh..Ready to go on the Family Quest. (57567303)

Medals for both events were created by nursery staff member, Tessa Brown, who also made the wonderful celebration cake.

The celebrations also included a family picnic in The Croft Field.

Hungerford Nursery 5km run and a ‘Family Quest’ in Hungerford Marsh..Zac Taylor and Jennifer Mills. (57567270)
Hungerford Nursery 5km run and a ‘Family Quest’ in Hungerford Marsh..Zac Taylor and Jennifer Mills. (57567270)

Newbury MP Laura Farris joined in and cut the celebration cake alongside district councillors and civic dignitaries, including Constable of the Town & Manor, Peter Joseph.

Hungerford Nursery 5km run and a ‘Family Quest’ in Hungerford Marsh..Staff at Hungerford Nursery. (57567273)
Hungerford Nursery 5km run and a ‘Family Quest’ in Hungerford Marsh..Staff at Hungerford Nursery. (57567273)

The event raised a whopping £1,576.89 for school funds and headteacher Suzanne Taylor said she would like to thank all those who organised or contributed to make the day so memorable.

Hungerford Nursery 5km run and a ‘Family Quest’ in Hungerford Marsh.. (57567278)
Hungerford Nursery 5km run and a ‘Family Quest’ in Hungerford Marsh.. (57567278)

In conjunction with the event, staff and governors took on a successful GoFundMe challenge to complete a total of 80 miles between them – and one staff member, Luan Pennington, achieved it individually.

Hungerford Nursery 5km run and a ‘Family Quest’ in Hungerford Marsh..Willow Mcleod age 3 and Tiger Lily Early age 3. (57567298)
Hungerford Nursery 5km run and a ‘Family Quest’ in Hungerford Marsh..Willow Mcleod age 3 and Tiger Lily Early age 3. (57567298)

If you would like to top up the total, visit https://gofund.me/8d6b427a



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