Bridge Village Playgroup receives overflowing support

The last few years have been tough for basically everyone, from the fallout of COVID and the raised cost of living, times are hard. When times are toughest, you need the support from those around you, and the community has thrown themselves behind Bridge Village Playgroup’s charity raffle in a heart-warming show of support, for the second year in a row.


We caught up with Holly Broadley, one of the trustees of Bridge Village Playgroup, a nurturing pre-school setting for children aged two years to school age, run by a committee of trustees and managed by Julia Watt, to find out more.


“The Christmas Raffle 2022 was our second year, and we were blown away by the continued support of so many local businesses,” explained Holly. “Because of 2021’s success, we were actually approached by some who wanted to be involved in 2022. We anticipated a reduction in ticket sales due to the cost of living crisis and the fact that in 2021 the raffle was ‘new’, but were elated to sell just under 1,700 tickets.

“The success of the raffle is absolutely a team effort. The trustees put in a lot of work to secure the prizes, but the parents (past and present) and staff play a big part in selling tickets. And of course, we couldn’t do it without the support of the community!

“Special mention should be made of our Chair’s husband, Richard, who braved the winter cold to sell tickets at the Bridge Farmers’ Market. And the amazing Odette Johnson who won the prize for the highest sales by selling over 240 tickets! The raffle wouldn’t succeed without the incredible support of local people and businesses.

“We couldn’t run the raffle without the support of the village. The community are amazing; keen to get involved in the fun of the raffle, and hopeful of winning a prize, but at the same time recognising the need to support a community Playgroup.

“A special mention also to Tadpole Tearooms in Bishopsbourne and Nicholas James Hair Salon in Bridge, who both sold tickets on our behalf.

“We raised over £1,600, an amazing figure. The pre-school sector has been underfunded by government for years, and it is sad to see childcare settings in the local area closing down. After a difficult few years, the Playgroup is now in a much stronger position, but fundraising is still crucial. Not only will the money raised be used to ensure our financial future, it will also go towards the wonderful trips and experiences that are organised for the children by our committed and caring staff.”


You can always rely on the wonderful people in our community, even in a time when everyone has less pennies in their pockets; thank you to everyone who supported Bridge Village Playgroup. To find out more about them, follow @bridgevillageplaygroup on Facebook.

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