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HernEar The Hernhill Forum newsletter No.2. April 2011

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Welcome to the second issue of HernEar, the magazine of the Hernhill Forum! Delivered straight to your inbox, keep up to date with all that’s going on in and around the Hernhill community. In this issue: the Forum starts to Twitter; the Exchange Café continues to flourish, and even appears in the news...; DCA Singing Workshops take place; Easter egg and spoon race photos: and plans develop for the Village Party! f it’s on: it’s in here!

How ‘tweet’ it is... The on-line presence of the Hernhill Forum continues to expand, with a Twitter account. Twitter is a concise social media platform that allows the publishing of ideas, or ‘tweets,’ with a maximum of 140 characters; people can ‘follow’ your Twitter account, and receive each of your ‘tweets’ as you publish them. You can stay up-to-date with the Forum’s messages by following @hernhillforum on Twitter: how tweet is that! www.twitter.com/hernhillforum http://hernhillforum.wordpress.com - making things happen for the local community


Super Soup Supper Club raises money for Christian Aid The occasional Supper Club part of the Exchange Cafe took on a new flavour last month, as it joined in with other organisations across the country in a ‘Super Soup’ fund-raising event. Organised by Miriam with help from Karen, the event raised funds for Christian Aid. Well done to all ‘souper’ supper-eaters!

How do I Help My Child to Read? Learn more about Phonics & Literacy teaching methods in school. Workshops are to be held by a Primary School Teacher & Literacy Leader next term. £2 per person. Date and time to be confirmed These workshops will be held in the evening or at the weekend according to demand. Please e-mail Miriam at miriam@machin.f9.co.uk to register your interest. Come and ask Miriam at the Exchange Cafe if you have any questions.All proceeds will be used to buy resources for schools in Ghana Subscribe to the Hernhill Forum website to receive email updates of workshops & other activities for families http://hernhillforum.wordpress.com - making things happen for the local community


Singing Workhops in fine voice! Local people raised their voices in two Saturday Singing Workshops last month, run by local mezzo-soprano and singing teacher, Michelle Harris. The DCA Centre resounded to the sounds of boomwhackers, handbells, violin, guitar and piano-playing, as well as singing, from participants in well-known and not so well-known songs! “I was very impressed with the enthusiasm and abilities of all the children that came,’’ said Michelle afterwards, ’’and I hope we can do some more of these in the future. “Many parents have commented on how their children went home singing some of the pieces we’d done in the sessions, and even looked some of them up on the internet afterwards!’’ Future plans include organising some dancing workshops. Watch this space for more singing events; including the Merry-Makers’ concert.

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Village Party for the Royal Wedding!

Hernhill village will be celebrating the Royal Wedding on Friday 29 April with a party on the playing fields. From 12—3pm, there’ll be fun for everyone with a barbeque, bouncy castle, face-painting, ice-cream stall, raffle prizes and more! Open to the local community, family and friends, you simply need to bring something for the barbeque and / or a sidedish or dessert, plus drinks. In the event that conditions are not set fair, the event will take place in the Village Hall, although sadly without the bouncy castle. Get the date in your diaries now: we’ll see you there! http://hernhillforum.wordpress.com - making things happen for the local community


The Exchange Cafe continues to flourish on Fridays after school, and was recently featured in an article in the Faversham Gazette. It also saw off the end of the school term with an egg-and-spoon race, featuring some beautifully-decorated eggs the children had taken into school that morning. (Sadly, some of the eggs didn’t survive the race, but it was a noble way to end!). A practice run, three heats and a final later, Emmy emerged the winner and took home the Exchange Cafe trophy for the Easter break. Happy holidays: see you at the Village Party on the 29th April! Make sure you add http://hernhillforum.wordpress.com to your Internet Favourites and find us on Facebook. Contact the forum by e-mailing hernhillforum@hotmail.co.uk with your ideas Let free-thinking and creative endeavour reign! http://hernhillforum.wordpress.com - making things happen for the local community


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