Holnest Country Fayre

What a wonderful start to this next year’s drive for HNT!

A whole weekend at Holnest Country Fayre with the HNT stand, drumming up support for Special Educational Needs Children and their families in Dorset and Somerset.

The whole weekend was raising £ for Future Roots I am a huge supporter of this amazing project from a professional point of view [having been a tutor, therapist and having worked for Children’s Social Care], from  Rotarian’s point of view [Sherborne Castles Rotary Club have supported Julie and James over the last year or more], and from my HNT/charity point of view…linking in with another organisation which is determined to make a difference to children and young people in the local area; and sometimes this can be really tough going when funding and other red tape gets in the way!!!

The weekend meant networking with a HUGE array of stall holders, exhibitors, local producers and chefs…all of whom had come with the intention of supporting Future Roots. The friendliness of this end of season country fayre could be felt throughout the weekend and this must have been transferred onto the students who use this amazing facility.

My 10 year old son, Peter, however, had to be the real star of HNT. Not only did he help me on both days but he also became “sous chef” to Martin Baker, Head Chef at the prestigious Stanbrook Abbey Hotel, near Worcester, when the cookery demonstrations and competitions began. Peter, complete with apron and microphone, not only prepared vegetables but also entertained the audience from the stage, telling them all about HNT and what his “mad mum” was doing for Special Educational Needs Children and their families. WELL DONE Peter!

After all this hard work of course, Peter became 10 again…scaling the cadet wall to the top on numerous occasions and loving the Dog and Duck display, the birds of prey demonstrations and eating ice cream from Ecco-Galato (Sherborne)

AND watch this space for the HNT 2018 physical challenge in the Sherborne  Summer Festival [date TBA but it is looking like June 16th!]…as connections at the Holnest Fayre have now been made and plans started! The clue is it is likely to involve something to do with the Army Cadet Force or Marines!!!

ANY stall holders who are interested in having a stand at the Summer Festival…please get in touch!!

So…massive thanks to all at Holnest Fayre…and a really special WELL DONE to Dave from DiaMonD Images who was the driving force behind the scenes in organising the event and promoting this valuable resource!


2017 – 2018 Here We Go!

Well, after a few weeks break from fundraising and organising events for HNT [due to family illness and the business of the school holidays] it is back to work with a BANG!

There are going to be many events leading up to Christmas for you all to join in…Including on Sept 23rd/24th The Holnest Country Fayre where HNT will have a stand, tombola and more. Get onto the Holnest Country Fayre website and see what is going on…plenty for ALL the family!  Holnest Country Faye

Holnest C Fayre

On September 17th I will be joining Terry Bennett LIVE on his Sunday morning show on Abbey FM with not only details of HNT and how you can help, but also with a selection of my own “desert island disks”! My son, George, who is the founder of Sherborne Student Discounts will be alongside me and so expect an hour of humour! Listen @ 107.4 FM or online  Abbey FM

Abbey FM

Last week Pete and I were able to catch up with KitzUk Sherborne who so kindly donated all my running kit for my 65mile slog back in June. {That was when the weather was SO hot…before the summer holidays which was very typical!} They now also do a large range of school clothes, shoes and sports accessories, all of which can be labelled on site. Visit their website KitzUK information and contact details or go and explore their unit at South Western Business Park Sherborne, Dorset DT9 3PS (near Sherborne Station) and chat to Fiona about your needs.


On Monday 11th September I am linking up with Deborah Croney and other County Councillors to talk over SEN provision in Dorset. I have had so much input from parents, staff, and Head Teachers re the issues that they are frequently up against…such as the large number of children requiring additional help in schools, the lack of adequate additional funding to support these children, the inability to train adequately SEN Support Staff, inability to find the extra time to support children and their families with SEN, funding being used inappropriately, “inclusion” for a child actually becoming “exclusion” and so increasing the child’s low self-esteem, bullying not being picked up…and much more! Everyone on this circle from teachers to parents and the children themselves are struggling…and this should NOT be so!

I am so pleased to be able to share this with people that possibly can help change just one of these points so that SEN children can reach their full potential, live happy and fulfilled lives and be able to work as adults to the best of their abilities alongside others.

So…a busy month ahead…and that is before the gruelling training that starts TODAY (4th Sept) for my 2018 physical sponsored challenge…a secret until the day of the Sherborne Summer Festival  Sherborne Summer Festival  when I will be doing the challenge LIVE! Watch for the date and then put it in your diary…

PLEASE keep donating and think of a way you too could fund raise for HNT…every penny counts and the more whacky the event the better as this is about children who of course all love a bit of fun!