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Nativity Thank you!

Nativity Thank you!

The nativities were held at St.Peter’s Church last night and both were a great success.  It was lovely

to see the children singing so clearly and remembering all of the actions!  Even Father Christmas was impressed when he heard the singing and surprised us all by dropping in to say hello!

The Committee sold mince pies and held a raffle for two large and two small hampers.  These were made up of donations from parents, staff and local businesses.Thank you to: The Butcher’s Block for a £15 gift card, Majestic Wine for a bottle of Prosecco, Sainsbury’s for a bottle of Prosecco, Quayside Hair and Beauty for a blow-dry voucher, Jean Mays for a hair care set and Tesco Express (Westhill) for some festive bakewell tarts.

This all raised an amazing £250!

Finally, thank you to all parents for your understanding with not taking photographs of the children.  Over the last week the children have all had the opportunity to have a photograph taken, in costume, and these are displayed in setting and are available to purchase for £1 (extra copies available on request).

Volunteers needed to join the committee

Volunteers needed to join the committee


The committee are the trustees of the charity that comprises of both Brampton and Hilltop Pre-Schools, without a full and working committee the Pre-Schools would not be able to open.  The only time to join the committee is during the Annual General Meeting which takes place on Tuesday 7th November at 8pm at Brampton.

The committee is made up a mixture of parents, ex-parents and members of the community.  It must have of a minimum of 5 and a maximum of 12, and of this a minimum 60% must be current parents. There are 3 named roles that must be filled: Chair, Treasurer and Secretary.  And these positions are supported by other members who often take on fundraising roles, and in some years a Vice-Chair. This year the committee has 3 members from the previous year (Secretary – Lucy Murdock and Fundraisers – Jenny Niblett and Ross Calderwood) who are able to stay on, but none are currently parents.
Therefore, we need several parents to join the committee to achieve the required 60% parents and to fill the other named roles.
As the committee we are responsible for the charity and our aim is “to ensure accessibility to children and families from all sections of the local and wider community”.  The committee works closely with the team of staff and with them we agree policies, fund staff training, recruitment, purchasing of resources and fundraising.  The committee is also the point of contact with Ofsted, and we are responsible for budgeting, payment and pay scales of staff, legal requirements, maintaining the website and Facebook page etc.
We meet once a term, with the staff and if necessary we meet as a committee between those meetings.
If you think you might be able to help or would like more information, then please speak to a member of staff at a setting or contact the committee –
Diary Dates!

Diary Dates!

For all the Term Dates Click here

  • Monday 16th – Tuesday 31st October – Halloween Fundraiser
    • Halloween fund-raising games; “Guess the name of the Ghoul” and “Guess the number of sweets in the jar” will be available to play in the waiting areas of both pre-schools
  • Friday 29th October – End of Term 1


  • Monday 30th October – Start of Term 2
  • Saturday 4th November – Concept Photography will be at Brampton for family photographs
    • This is open to all families at both settings.  Please sign up in the reception area of your child’s setting.
  • Tuesday 7th November, 8pm – Annual General Meeting of Portishead Playgroups/Pre-School Charity
    • AGM open to all parents of the Pre-School with Keynote speaker and Child Behaviour Specialist, Mandy Stopard
  • Tuesday 21st November, 3.30pm – Cake Sale at both Brampton and Hilltop
  • Friday 15th December – End of Term 2
  • Friday 15th December – Victorian Evening
    • Join the staff and committee at our fundraising stall on Portishead High Street (outside Boots)
  • Saturday 16th December – Sponsored Cold Water Swim @ Portishead Open Air Pool
    • Please contact a member of staff or the committee if you would like to join the team


  • Thursday 4th January – Start of Term 3
  • Friday 9th February – End of Term 3


  • Monday 19th February – Start of Term 4
  • Friday 23rd March – End of Term 4


  • Monday 9th April – Start of Term 5
  • Friday 25th May – End of Term 5


  • Monday 4th June – Start of Term 6
  • Sunday 8th July – Raft Race
    • A fundraising stall at the Raft Race, with games and crafts etc
  • Thursday 19th July – End of Term 6





All parents should have received a letter about the AGM – if you have not received one it is below.  Please fill in and return to settings to allow us to prepare for the meeting.

AGM Letter to Parents

We are also looking for prizes for the Silent Auction.  Last year we had a variety of prizes and vouchers – a coffee machine, a Butchers Block voucher, Nando’s Voucher, soft play sessions, fitness boxing sessions…  These helped us raise about £200.  If you think you could offer something then please let us know by emailing –