‘Business as usual’ at Burpham Preschool

Burpham Preschool has been operating out of Burpham Church on New Inn Lane since 1965 and has run continuously for over 50 years. As other local preschools and nursery’s closed in March because of the global pandemic of Covid 19, Burpham Preschool kept their doors open at the request of Early Years, to the young children of local key workers.

Over several weeks Burpham Preschool carried on colouring in, painting, building and playing with a mini class of children and the setting felt very big without the usual 30 children running round having fun. Meanwhile the preschool staff continued to work from home, offering online stories, games and pastoral support to families. Children and families were encouraged to colour in rainbows, the signature sign of hope during Burpham’s lockdown, and they were placed on the fence outside the preschool for local residents to look at on their daily exercise.

Recently the Government guidelines changed and parents were encouraged to send their children back to preschool. Gracie Luke, the manager of Burpham Preschool and her staff welcomed 16 children back under new rules and regulations with the preschool having had a comprehensive deep clean, by local company Ecocleen Services, before opening.

Gracie’s commented after the first week of opening, “We were delighted to welcome some of the children back last week. They all coped really well with the new layout and were brilliant about staying in the designated side of the room. We are looking forward to welcoming back more children this week.”

Howard Smith a preschool parent said, “I think like every parent we weren’t sure if we were doing the right thing. But when we got all the info from Grace and saw how much the preschool were doing to make things safe we were really reassured. The reduction to two days a week and the smaller class sizes seem to make everything much more manageable. On the day Stanley went back he was just so excited to be seeing his teacher and some of his friends again it was lovely. He had no hesitation in going back at all. I’m glad we made the decision we did and I’m sure it’s going to help him as he moves school in September. I think preschool have handled this all so well and made it seem so easy in what are challenging circumstances. It’s a great tribute to the staff that they have made this so easy for us.

Over several weeks Burpham Preschool carried on colouring in, painting, building and playing with a mini class of children and the setting felt very big without the usual 30 children running round having fun.

Steph Chown, another preschool parent commented, “During lockdown Gracie and her team at Burpham Preschool sent wonderful videos, which showed easy and well thought out activities, stories and songs via WhatsApp. My 3 year old child thought it was magical. It kept my child in touch with her Keyworkers and friends as many of them shared pictures, which opened up lots of dialogue between us. I felt reassured that Gracie was doing all she could to get as many children in safely. She organised a deep clean beforehand and pictures went up on Facebook so I could see. The procedures put in place were logical but not daunting plus they sent in a video to show to the children. My child felt excited to be in a different group and follow the shapes on the floor. Being in just 2 days has definitely increased my child’s overall happiness levels. No amount of time with parents can replace playing with other children. Gracie has allowed this to happen in a safe environment. Thank you.”

A survey by the Childcare online platform found nearly one in six of more than 2,000 providers said they were likely to have permanently closed because of the Covid-19 pandemic, while one in three said they were unsure if they would be able to reopen.

More than 10,000 childcare providers in the UK are likely to have folded or gone out of business by the end of the coronavirus lockdown, with leaders saying the sector has been ‘crushed’ by financial instability and a fall in demand.

For Burpham Preschool it is ‘Business as usual’. With places available in September 2020, Burpham Preschool is looking forward to welcoming new children from the local community after the summer. If you are interested in a virtual show round or an out of hours viewing, please contact the office 01483 825533.


May & June 2020 at Burpham Church

All activities mentioned are happening during lockdown. (Please note that we are not confirming any post lockdown activities at this stage.) Whilst our church buildings are closed, the church is very definitely still alive and kicking in new formats.

All online events can be accessed though the church website www.burphamchurch.org.uk

Sundays 10.00am: Contemporary Church Service

10.00am We are streaming a 45 minute service each week, with input from those in the community, updates on our care programmes, music, readings, and a short message from God’s word. Suitable for everyone.

Thursdays 11.00am: Traditional Church Service

11.00am A more traditional style church service for those who enjoy the familiar words and forms.

Wednesdays & Sundays: Youthwork

Our regular youth work programme continues online on Wednesdays and Sundays. Please contact our youth worker Nicky Geraghty, nicky@burphamchurch.org.uk, to get involved.

Fridays 11.00am: Caterpillar Café

11.00am Our Toddler Group is streaming a 15 minute event once a week with songs, a Bible story and a craft activity to join in with.

Saturday May 16th & June 20th: Messy Church

Our regular monthly Messy Church programme will continue with a shorter online event at 4:30pm.

A Serenity Ladies event is being planned for this term; its shape depending on lockdown arrangements.

For more details please look on the church website www.burphamchurch.org.uk

May & June 2020 at Burpham Preschool

The Preschool is open for key-worker children and has been asked by Early Years to cover for other local key-worker children as needed. Our staff are also working hard to provide home activities to support parents of preschoolers in this lockdown period. ‘Virtual visits’ will soon be available if you are looking for somewhere to send your 2-4 year old in September.

Please do contact the church office for more information 01483 825533

Local Suppliers

The Burpham Community Association have published a list on their website of local suppliers and their services, some of whom offer delivery or a priority service, here is an edited version of that list. For the full list visit www.burphamca.org.uk:

Online milk and groceries delivery service

Sainsburys, Burpham
‘Silver’ session 8.00-9.00am Mon, Wed, Fri. Priority delivery if known
to them as being vulnerable

Flynns Family Butchers
Co-ordinating with Cheesmans fruit and veg. wholesaler and Christmas Bakery. 01483 573782 www.facebook.com/Flynnsfamilybutchers

Noels Farmshop, Sutton Green
Delivery & collection. 07908 124603

F Conisbee & Son, East Horsley
Telephone order, min £50, pre-packed. Local and for elderly and vulnerable. 01483 282073 www.fconisbee.com

Unique Fruit, Guildford North
Street greengrocers is now online. Check on website for further info uniquefruit.online

Greenwoods, West Clandon
Fruit and vegetable deliveries. 07500 957 467 www.greenwoodsgrocers.com/shop

Kingfisher Farm Shop, Abinger
Delivery and shop. 01306 730703 www.kingfisherfarmshop.com

Elm Nursery, Sutton Green
Farm Shop and nursery – currently food available, taking in hanging baskets for filling and collection in May. 01483 755559 www.elmnursery.co.uk

Guildford Flower Club

May & June dates

Guildford Flower Club usually meets on the 1st Wednesday of the month, excl. January, at Jacobs Well Village Hall. However due to Coronavirus we have had to cancel meetings until further notice. We are a friendly club and enjoy being entertained by a variety of knowledgeable demonstrators. We also hold regular workshops on a variety of topics where members can gain skills and confidence in a friendly environment. The Club formed in 1955 and this year we celebrate our Blue Sapphire year (65 years) with some special events. For more information and current updates about our evenings and the club in general visit www.guildfordflowerclub.co.uk

Guildford Flower Club

March & April dates

Do you think of Flower Arranging as old fashioned? Think again! Visit Guildford Flower Club and see current ‘Floral Art’ trends by a variety of demonstrators. No knowledge of anything floral is needed to visit or join the club. Workshops are regularly held where members can gain new skills in a friendly, non-threatening environment. So if you enjoy flowers, art or gardening join us at The Village Hall, Jacobs Well Road, Jacobs Well,
GU4 7PD (1st visit is free).

Wednesday 4th March 2020

On Wednesday 4th March Melanie Smith will demonstrate ‘Flowers Bring Smiles’.

Wednesday 1st April 2020

Wednesday 1st April, Gaenor Circus, Gold Medallist at Chelsea last year will entertain us with her demonstration titled ‘Ancient and Modern’.

For more details about the years planned activities or the club in general please call Cynthia on 01483 772019 or visit www.guildfordflowerclub.co.uk

March & April 2020 at Burpham Church

Saturday 14 March 2020: Messy Church

4.30-6.00pm at the Church of the Holy Spirit. Come and join us for messy craft activities, fun worship and sandwich tea focused around following Jesus! Suitable for families with under 11s.

Sunday 22nd March 2020: Mothering Sunday

With flowers for ladies at all our morning services join us at 8.00am St Luke’s Church, 9.15am or 10.45am (family worship) at the Church of the Holy Spirit.

Sunday 5th April 2020: Palm Sunday

Join us at 8.00am St Luke’s Church, 9.15am or 10.45am (family worship) at the Church of the Holy Spirit.

Sunday 12th April 2020: Easter Sunday

Join us at 8.00am St Luke’s Church, 9.15am or 10.45am (family worship) at the Church of the Holy Spirit.

For more details on Easter events do go to www.burphamchurch.org.uk

Clandon Park Run 2020 raising funds for George Abbot School

All welcome to join us on Saturday 28th March, race starts at George Abbot school and continues through picturesque Clandon Park. Raise funds for George Abbot School.

A once a year opportunity to experience exclusive parts of the Estate opened specifically for the event.

Chip timing, bespoke medals, race photos, fully supported route, prizes for the winners, homemade cakes and hot drinks! Sign up at charity.kellystorage.co.uk

Burpham Evening WI

Burpham Evening WI enjoy a wide variety of talks and social events. Our meetings are held on the third Tuesday of the month (except August) at 7.30pm in Burpham Village Hall, Burpham Lane GU4 7LP. Membership of the WI is open to all women aged 18 and over and you may attend two meetings before committing to membership fee (£43 for 2020). Why not take some time out for yourself, come and meet us and hear interesting speakers? Our visitors are always given a warm welcome.

Tuesday 17th March 2020: ‘The Life & Embroidery of Village Women in Afghanistan’

On the 17th March we will learn about the lives and embroidery of a group of village women in Afghanistan.

Tuesday 21st April 2020: The History of film

On the 21st of April we have a talk on the history of film which will include some historic film clips.

Events and outings (including to the theatre) are arranged throughout the year and members meet regularly for coffee, cinema and book groups.

Full details of our 2020 programme are on our website where you can see copies of our monthly newsletters.

For further information: www.burphamevewi.btck.co.uk


Or email us for more details: burphamevewi@hotmail.co.uk

Burpham Residents’ Winter Lectures

They’re back! This January we have five new Winter Lectures starting at 8pm every Friday in January, and they will take place in the Village Hall. The lectures are given by local people for local people and are completely FREE. Please come along to dispel the winter blues.

3rd January 2020
The great man himself, George Abbot
with Andrew Plumridge

10th January 2020
All along Route 66
with Sue Hackman

17th January 2020
To be confirmed

24th January 2020
The street names of Burpham
with Moira McQuaide

31st January 2020
The useful art of negotiation
with Derek Arden