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Award-winning fruit grower treats local schools to a share of their bumper crop T

his year’s slightly soggy summer may have disappointed those hoping for a heatwave, but for many fruit farmers the mixture of wet and sunny weather has resulted in heavy crops of summer berries – and Boxford (Suffolk) Farms, based in Stoke by Nayland, is one of them. Rather than see any fruit go to waste – although actually ‘waste’ is the wrong word, as any fruit which doesn’t meet strict quality standards is used to generate renewable power in their awardwinning anaerobic digester – the farm delivered 240 punnets of perfectly ripe strawberries to two local primary schools this week. Pupils and parents at Boxford CEVC Primary School and Stoke by Nayland C of E Primary School enjoyed the plump, sweet fruit at the end of the school day, with punnets handed out to anyone who wanted them from tables set up at the school gates – in keeping with ongoing considerations regarding hands, face and space.

“It’s wonderful to see children back at school and returning to some kind of normality after the disruption they’ve had to endure over the past 18 months. We felt that we had an opportunity to offer them a small treat, which could also translate into a learning experience regarding healthy eating and sourcing local produce,” explained Robert England, Farm Director at Boxford (Suffolk) Farms. “We’re hoping this small but tasty gesture will be the first in a long line of outreach projects of varying sizes, to support our local community as much as they support us,” added Peter Osborne at parent company The Boxford Group. “The next in our diary will be our Stoke by Nayland Golf Academy Fun Day on 26th September, which will offer games and fun activities for all ages.”

Please contact Philippa Rich by email on: Philippa.Rich@stokebynayland. com for more information

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Littlegarth – the ideal independent primary school experience Littlegarth is a non-selective independent preparatory school for children between the ages of 2½ and 11 situated in the beautiful Stour Valley overlooking the village of Nayland. Littlegarth prides itself on preparing children thoroughly for the rigours of entrance exams to grammar and selective independent schools whilst embracing a broad and exciting curriculum. Specialist teachers offer guidance in key subjects and the children achieve extremely high standards in a wide range of activities. The school has been judged as ‘Outstanding’ in all four categories in the school’s latest ISI inspection and the excellent reputation the school

has for academic success was highlighted in the Standard Inspection Report which commented, “The overall achievement of the pupils is excellent, because of the exemplary attitude to learning by the pupils, who approach every task with delightful enthusiasm” and “The evidence from the inspection is that the pupils make exceptional progress when compared with those of similar above-average ability”.

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Littlegarth children also achieve excellent standards in music, art and drama and in recent years sports teams have achieved unbeaten seasons and have won regional and national titles in major sports. Children of all abilities acquire a passion for a wide variety of activities inside and outside the classroom and the school works hard to feed that enthusiasm to ensure that each child leaves Littlegarth a confident member of a successful team. Littlegarth recently received a visit from The Good Schools guide and the glowing review resulting from this visit and subsequent interviews with parents can be found on the School’s website.

local grammar schools while all children gained places at the independent schools of their choice. In the past four years, more than half of the Year 6 leavers have been awarded scholarships to senior independent schools with 80 children gaining over 120 scholarship awards. Head, Kathy Uttley is delighted with these excellent results; ‘The children and staff worked extremely hard in a very difficult year and we are very proud of the achievements of all our children. They really enjoy supporting each other and children of all ability levels feel that they are making a valuable contribution to the success of this very exciting school’.

Despite the huge difficulties caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the children continued to receive their full curriculum and results in external exams have seen 11 children achieve places at our

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Refugee Football Comes to Colchester C

olchester United Football in the Community, (CUFITC), have been providing football sessions for local refugees over the past months.

These sessions have provided a fantastic opportunity for migrants to integrate into society through physical activity. Delivered in conjunction with Refugee Action Colchester and Active Essex, the programme aims to improve mental health whilst providing a fun environment for participants to socialise. Participant Emmanuel spoke about how Refugee Football has helped him since arriving in The Country: “It helps to spin out some stressful thoughts whilst being part of the community.” Kate Khan, Fundraising Coordinator at Refugee Action Colchester expressed the importance of the programme, saying: “A lot of people that come to us do suffer with mental health issues, social isolation and language barriers so this gives them the opportunity to really get to meet people and have fun.” Community Development officer at Colchester United, Henry Singleton, has coached the sessions for the past few months and added: “The improvement in the groups levels of confidence have been astounding, I’ve been so impressed with everyone’s attitude over the last few months.”

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