Crosspool pre-school volunteer wins award

Martin Swift, winner of a Pre-School Learning Alliance Volunteer Award
Martin Swift, winner of a Pre-School Learning Alliance Volunteer Award

A local volunteer has won an award for his outstanding voluntary work at Crosspool Community Pre-School.

Martin Swift began volunteering at the pre-school in 2011 and his commitment and contribution to the charity was recognised when he was presented with The Pre-School Learning Alliance Volunteer Award for the North Division at an event in Leeds.

Pre-school Manager Lauren Hodgson said: “Martin became our chairperson in 2011 when his eldest daughter attended pre-school. His son has also attended pre-school last year and he has another child to follow.

“He has shown a high level of personal commitment and made a valuable contribution to the running of our committee and pre-school. This has enabled our community based pre-school to continue to run and provide high quality education and care for local families.

“Martin has been very supportive in helping implement changes such as our lunch time club which enabled children to attended mornings and afternoon sessions. This has helped working families, provided a social opportunity for the children to eat together and generated much-needed revenue for pre-school and helped us be financially sustainable.

“When pre-school was flooded in 2012 he helped with our insurance claim and the big clean up. As a result, pre-school was only closed to families for two days as we relocated into our main school building.

“Martin was a fantastic support during our Ofsted inspection in 2015 and was available to talk at length to the inspector about his role as chair of the committee and pre-school’s strengths and priorities for improvement. We were very pleased with our ‘good’ judgement. He was proactive in our recruitment for a new deputy manager and helped with the restructure of the staff team. He spent many hours developing the interview process and chaired the interview panel.

“Martin attends and chairs the regular half term committee meetings and is available for conversations throughout the week. He regularly comes to visit the setting and is a familiar face to the children, families and staff team. He helps with any financial matters that arise and makes suggestions and contributions for our policies and procedures. He also helps with any issues or concerns that are raised and helps develop our plan for improvement.

“Martin’s support has been vital for the effective running of Pre-School and I really value his support and contribution as the chair of our pre-school management committee. The award reflects Martin’s hard work and responsibility as an outstanding volunteer as our nominated chairperson which is essential for us to continue to run as a pre-school for children in the community.”

Martin is now through to the National Pre- School Alliance Learning awarding in London on 16 June.

Lydgate After School Club

Lydgate After School Club has launched a new website.

The club, based at Lydgate Infant School, provides a fun, friendly and action-packed after school service for any child attending Lydgate Infants.

It runs 3.10-6.00pm every weekday during the school term, excluding bank and national holidays.

Lydgate After School Club

Glenda de Brouwer receives Crosspool Forum Community award

Glenda de Brouwer receives Crosspool Forum Community award from chair Ian Hague
Glenda de Brouwer receives Crosspool Forum Community award from chair Ian Hague

Residents in Crosspool nominated and elected Glenda de Brouwer the 2016 Crosspool Person of the Year.

The award was presented to Glenda by Crosspool Forum chair Ian Hague during the Lydgate Junior School’s Friday morning assembly, marking the valued and much-appreciated contribution she has made to our community.

Glenda’s dedicated leadership of the Beavers every week in the Benty Lane scout hut for the past 12 years and her positive influence as a teacher at Lydgate Junior School has benefited many children and parents and made her both well-known and respected in the community.

The time and leadership Glenda has given through scouting, teaching and many other things has led to countless young people having life-enriching experiences.

Crosspool would not be such a great place to live without people like Glenda, who just gets on with serving the community week in, week out.

Whilst at the school, Ian Hague and vice chair of the Crosspool Forum Steve Reynolds took the opportunity to present a £300 cheque towards the school funds, a proportion of money raised from this year’s Crosspool Forum’s festival.

Does your Crosspool group want to take part in this year’s scarecrow competition?

Wish you were here by the Thompson family of Coldwell Lane
Last year’s winner: Wish you were here by the Thompson family of Coldwell Lane

This year’s Crosspool Festival scarecrow competition has a new category which is open to all groups who work with children in Crosspool.

Do you run a scouting group, playgroup or sports club? Are you a pre-school worker, child minder or junior church leader?

Whatever the group we would love you to enter a scarecrow in our 2016 competition. This year the theme is Carnival and Olympics so there are lots of possibilities for crows.

The scarecrows need to be displayed in Crosspool throughout the festival week in a place visible from the roadside.

This is a great way for your group to be involved in the local community as well as being fantastic publicity for your group.

Entry is just £3 and there will be prizes! Please contact the competitionorganisers for more details on

View last year’s scarescow competition winners