Children are at the heart of village life at Weston Hills, but never more so than last month.
Many people in the village pulled together to assist the TV DIY SOS team as they transformed the home of eight-year-old Dakota Read. The youngster, of Broadgate, has quadriplegic dystonic cerebral palsy and is not able to walk or talk, but the improvements will allow her to have a more active life.
However, children play a central role in the village all the time, with a primary school rated Good by Ofsted inspectors and attracting almost 150 children on roll.
Headteacher Christina Turnell said the school has a strong link with the village through the church, St John’s, and that the Rev Charles Brown visits weekly to lead worship.
The school has lots of parent volunteers and has trained a number of parents to be teaching and learning assistants, with three currently in training and a further three employed by the school who trained there first.
Christina added: “Of course, if there are things like the Jubilee we invite people into school for afternoon tea, and the PTA does lots of things like fashion shows, summer fairs and pamper evenings.”
Nearby, the Honeypot Day Nursery and Preschool, housed in the old school building, prepares 72 youngsters for life, with up to 40 at any one time taking part in messy play, outdoor fun and other activities.
The nursery is owned by Sarah Sargent and managed by Claire Ball, who said some of the activities smoothed the passage to school and helped their independence, such as encouraging children to sit and listen, share and take turns, learning to put on their own coats and other clothing.
Children are also being catered for at the live music event organised by Dave and Kathleen Filby at The Bell Inn.
The couple – who have added Murtagh’s Tea Room and village shop to the back of the pub since they took over six years ago – have built up a busy pub, with Saturday night karaoke every two weeks, pool and darts teams.
Their music event is not to be missed: it’s on Saturday, June 1 (2pm) and fans can expect six or seven bands, some new, to be playing on stage in a big marquee. There’s also a barbecue, bouncy castle for the children and, of course, the pub and tea room.