Marlow Opportunity Playgroup
Registered charity no. 1177581 Ofsted Registered
Special support and development for pre school children with special needs
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Alison Rae BEM.
We are very pleased to share the news that on 16th May 2019 Alison Rae was presented with a British Empire Medal in recognition of 37 years of voluntary service and support for MOP.
Supporting the playgroup
Each year a number of our supporters take on challenges or run events to raise money for the playgroup.
A number of these are featured in the Fundraising newsletters.
Examples from the Oct 2019 newsletter include an 874 mile sponsored cycle ride from Land's End to John O'Groats, by Phoebe and Simon Fox, raising over £4000. Donations from a MOP parent's business, High Wycombe Cricket Club, Pub in the Park, MRIB, a grant from Goldman Sachs Gives Charity, White Stuff in Marlow, the Masonic organisation, Marlow Thames Rotary, Marlow Santa Fun Run, and many individuals.
Cookham Regatta invited MOP to set up a stall, which helped us spread the word as well as raise some funds.
If you are thinking of holding an event with your friends and family to raise money for the playgroup, we can provide collection tins and promotional literature and give advice on setting up on-line giving sites for anyone brave enough to take on a challenge for MOPs.
Information and to Buy ticket(s) - takes you to our page on the Buckinghamshire Lottery website, from where you can buy ticket(s) online. 50% of the ticket price goes to your selected cause and 10% goes to other causes. The remaining 40% funds the prizes, Admin and VAT.
Some past events (for information and fundraising):
Concertini concert - Saturday 14th December 2019.
Christmas Fair - with Santa's Grotto - Saturday 30th November 2019
10am - 12noon. Cakes, Toys, Games, Raffle, Tombola, Craft Stall.
Dinner Dance 9th November 2019
We Returned to CIM Moor Hall for our 9th fundraising Dinner Dance; this is our main fundraiser of the year.
Once again, The Black Sheep got us up on our feet to dance the night away, following our three-course dinner, raffle and all-important auction.
Tickets were £50pp for a welcome drink, 3 course dinner, a half bottle of wine, followed by coffee, tables were for groups of 8 people.
MOP Family Fun Day at TVAP
We held a Family Fun Day at TVAP on Saturday 8 June (between 11am ad 2 pm) for children up to 10 years of age, plus their parents/carers.
Our Spring Fair was on Saturday 18th May from 10am - midday.
There were games, toys, tombolas, cakes, plants and more.
We held a Quiz night on Friday 22nd March 2019 at the Scout hut, Watery Lane, Wooburn Green, HP10 0NE.
7.45pm for an 8.00pm start.
Participants could book as a team (max 8) or join one of our teams.
Tickets were £10, which included free entry into the Raffle.
Saturday 24 November 2018 - 10.00am tilll 12.00 - Christmas Fayre
Saturday 3 November 2018 - Dinner Dance
An amazing total of £11,117 was raised. Many thanks to everyone who supported MOP with this event.
Summer Fair on Saturday 23rd June 2018
Very many thanks to everyone who supported our Summer Fair in any way. Lovely to see so many people today in the sunshine. Great job yet again.
Charity Dinner Dance on 28th October 2017.
The introduction to the event was:
This year we are raising money for a brand new eye gaze system to have here at playgroup. It will be a fantastic resource for all our children, giving them a chance to play and communicate like never before.
The amount raised in total was £9000, thank you to all who supported us.
Christmas Fair on Saturday 25th November 2017.
The amount raised was £1507. Thanks to all who supported this fundraiser.
AUGUST HOLIDAY SESSIONS
We ran our week of morning holiday sessions w/c 14 August. Any ex-MOP children under 8 were very welcome to attend at a cost of £7 for the 3 hour session. These sessions are run by MOP staff. Limited places were available - on a first come first served basis - email firstname.lastname@example.org to register your interest.
We held our Spring Fair on 22nd April 2017.
A fundraising walk on Sunday 7th May 2017 through the beautiful National Trust Ashridge Estate near Berkhamsted. The walk was approx. 5 km (3 miles) and set off at 11.00 am from the Monument adjacent to the Visitors Centre.
It was led by Nicky a Nordic Walk instructor who supplied Poles and Instruction for any who wanted to try Nordic Walking. You can walk with or without Poles.
Those not up for a 5K walk could join us a at the end ( between 12.00 midday and 12.30 ) for a Buggy / Wheel Chair friendly walk around the meadow at the Visitors Centre followed by a Picnic on the Meadow.
We held our 10yr Anniversary Celebration on Saturday 25th April 2015 - an event enjoyed by all who attended. Bubbles, bouncy castle, entertainment and displays (cost covered by local sponsors).
If you are interested in contributing in any way to the running of the playgroup, we welcome parents to join our Voluntary Management Committee who meet every 6 weeks here at the Scout Hall at the end of the session. Please speak to me (Jane) if you would like more information.
Documents are .pdf files.