Category Archives: Community Action

Thinking of Others at Christmas

A huge thanks to The Friends of Brambleside for all their hard work to make today ‘s Christmas Fair such a great success.

For the eco stall,  children throughout the school thought about the charities they would like to support this Christmas so that the proceeds from the stall can be shared out to go towards these organisations throughout the year ahead.  Several of our eco colleagues were very willing to help us out with donations of prizes and items to sell.


Many thanks to Fay and family from Rectory farm for their great generosity, the eco team thought the wild bird food made fantastic prizes. For more information or to buy this seed at the farm gate see

Thanks also to the NFU, Market Harborough Team and all those who made items and contributed to our bumper collection of prizes for these worthy causes.

Finally, the eco team have chosen Riding For The Disabled as the charity benefiting from the nearly new uniform takings next term.


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The nearly new uniform is located near the Nourish Pod at the rear entrance to the hall and is paid at the office.  All proceeds in Spring Term will go towards The Riding For Disabled.

New tracks for old tyres



Thanks to the hard work of the Northamptonshire Payback team our school gardens have 5 new and unique growing spaces in the shape of old tractor tyres! The enormous tyres were kindly donated and delivered to us by staff from Boughton Estate in Kettering following a plea from the Eco and Gardening club last term.

Last summer saw the installation of 5 large Boughton Estate Black Poplar tree trunks in the story den  and once again the hard working payback team have risen to another very physical challenge and have given these old tyres a new lease of life.

It will be very interesting to see what the children choose to grow in them….

For more information about the beautiful Boughton Estate, a local working country landscape that extends to over 11,200 acres. – see:

A Rainy Fete Day of Fun and Fundraising

Despite the rainy downpours stall holders, children, staff  and visiters were still determine to soldier on and have a great time at their annual Summer Fete today.

A huge thank you to the Friends of Brambleside for organising such a fun filled day.  Children performed a range of songs and dances to entertain the crowds throughout the day.  Those in Foundation Stage wearing pirate costumes, waterproof jackets and goggles were particularly well prepared for the rain!


Beanbag Recycling – Learning the 3 R’s through play – MP for Kettering, Phillip Hollobone, and Becky from Northamptoshire Energy and Waste Education Team


Finding buried treasure, pinning bees on a flower and a collar on Kayleigh – all good fun to raise funds for The Pets As Therapy Organisation


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Vickie and reading dog Kayleigh enjoy the brief moments of sun !


The fantastic Year 5 fundraisers who designed and delivered great table top games for the school eco-stalls


What a Team!

A huge thank you to all working miracles in the Northamptonshire Community Payback Team at school today.  In only one day several garden plots were cleared of tangled weeds, the big compost bin was rejuvenated with all the old branches and non-organic material removed, our unsightly herb wheel was emptied and removed and last but not least our concrete ‘eco’ bins filled with soil to be used to grow a range of fruit, trees and shrubs.

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The Community Payback team have been a great support to developing our school grounds over the years.   Numerous payback volunteers have constructed many growing plots, created the story den areas  and maintained our landscaped gardens at the front of the school by keeping them weed free and tidy.


Gardening with the Beavers


A huge thank you to the Beaver’s group for transforming the front entrance to our school.  This annual trip is becoming a great highlight of our school gardening year.  An even greater bonus is that it also helps towards gaining that fantastic Beaver’s Gardening badge!

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Opening The Charity Bottle For Bungoma

Since receiving the charity bottle from Bob and The Guide Dog appeal back in December 2014 (when we raised enough money to sponsor 3 beautiful guide dog pups;  Star, Lucky and Dasher) all proceeds from the latest recycled uniform stall fund have been going towards the Bungoma school uniform fund.  The eco team were delighted to announce today that £65 has been raised for this great cause.


The Eco team enjoying their weekly meeting swamped in Summer Blossom!


Counting the pennies for Bungoma


Delighted to share the news that we have raised £65 since Christmas to help some of the children in Bungoma to go to school.


The Eco team in action – enjoying working together, thinking of others, doing their best to help nature and charitable causes in their weekly lunch break meetings.


Pressing deadlines! Its a rush to write up the breaking news about the Bungoma fundraiser to meet the Brambleside Bugle hits the press before the holidays! Will they make it in time?

Sunny Day with Crazy Hats and Dogs!

What a fantastic fund raising day in the beautiful Spring sunshine- the 13th Crazy Hats Charity Walk around Wicksteed Park in Kettering.

A team of school staff and families from school thoroughly enjoyed their laps around the park.  The recent landscaping includes many new features which include: beaches, natural play areas and a cordoned off paddling area within the lake making it all look fantastic.


A feat of engineering – the floating pontoon was very wobbly!


A feast fit for a king!