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Basic Cooking Course

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Every Wednesday morning we run an “elementary cooking skills course”.

We make starter’s, main course’s & deserts cooking from fresh. Ensuring safe use of kitchen knives, utensils, ovens, hobs and pots and pans. Basically learning to cook & be safe in the kitchen.

Our outcome is to increase basic food preparation skills and increase basic cooking  and presenting skills. Gain awareness of food safety and gain awareness of using safe and hygenic practise.

The course length is 6.5 hours and is certified by REHIS. (Royal enviromental health institute of scotland).

Peter – Team Leader

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It’s that time again where we speak to some of the amazing people working at Beith Trust. This time around we’re speaking to Peter, a team leader.


Tell everyone a bit about yourself?

I’m 40 years old man who had a hard paper round in my teens . On an honest note, I’ve worked welfare& work sector for 25 years, as a manager, I also enjoy helping Essential Plus alongside my wife Marianne. I enjoy seeing what our trainees achieve and moving them on to a positive destination. I enjoy all things 60s. I own a 1971 Vespa and my best friend is my son, Joshua.




Why did you become involved with Beith Trust?

This opportunity of working for Beith Trust  was an exciting prospect and with over 15 years of working as a manager, I know I could bring a lot to the job.  The chance to get out from behind the desk and do some physical work again was exciting. Teaching the young team new skills and getting them involved in new training opportunities is just magic.

What are you doing today?

I’m training Robert Craig, my young apprentice to take his first training session with the trainees. It’s exciting times.


Cameron Mcintosh

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Today we’re chatting to one of the people doing a modern apprenticeship here at Beith Trust. Cameron McIntosh is one of those people.

How did you get started?

After finishing my college course I was told that Beith had opportunities for modern apprenticeships and I jumped at that chance. After an interview with Jane Lamont I was straight into learning and working. It all happened so fast, I wasn’t expecting it to happen like that but it did and I’m loving it.

What have you been up to since then? Skills etc

I’ve learnt so much over the days and weeks, it’s been great. Everything from working as a part of a team to being on my own. I’ve been learning about horticulture, gardening, maintaining a section of land and we’ve also been doing a bit of construction as well. I’ve also been taking a cooking class as well, learning to cook different meals.

What does the future hold?

Hopefully new job opportunities, a chance on progressing even further once the apprenticeship is over. I hope to gain new experiences once it’s completed. We’ll see what happens.

Working at Beith Trust?

It’s fantastic. The people here have been so helpful. They’ve kept me on the right path, just knowing that the support is there makes all the difference. The staff treat you as one of their own, it’s a great place to come and learn.

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Employability Update

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Soft Landscape Operative – Swinburne Horticultural Services – Johnstone
Temporary Christmas Sales Associate (Inc. Hours) – H Samuel  – Glasgow
Forklift Truck Driver/General Yard Person – W & J Knox – Kilbirnie
NURSERY COOK – Woodlands Day Nursery – Johnstone
Parts Adviser – Park’s Motor Group – Irvine

New Employability Update

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Site Supervisor – Feerick Ltd – Dalry
Skilled Site Labourer – Feerick Ltd – Dalry
Ground Worker/Machine Driver – Feerick Ltd – Dalry
Chauffeur – Craig Bilham Executive Travel – Irvine
PCV Driver – Craig Bilham Executive Travel – Irvine
Kitchen Assistant – Buckreddan Care Centre – Kilwinning
Web Chat Consultants – Stellar – Irvine
Stock Assistant – Argos – Paisley
Mountain Sport Advisor (part-time) – Decathlon – Braehead
Mountain Sport Advisor (Full time) – Decathlon – Braehead
Running/H&D Sports Advisor – Decathlon  – Braehead
Administrator – OfficeRecruit – Hillington
Leisure Assistant – Mar Hall Hotel – Bishopton
CUSTOMER ASSISTANT – SALESFLOOR – Marks & Spencer – Braehead
Experienced Gardener / Handyperson – Acre Industrial and Cleaning Services Ltd. – Johnstone
Temporary General Assistant – Scottish Fire & Rescue Service – Kilmarnock
Wholetime Firefighter – Scottish Fire & Rescue Service – Various Locations
Retail Team Member – Krispy Kreme – Glasgow Central Station

Employability Club Update

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Care Assistant / Worker – Allied Healthcare – Johnstone
Rapid Response Care Assistant – Allied Healthcare – Barrhead
Door Supervisor – Professional Security – Irvine
Ambient Colleague Nights – Asda Ltd – Linwood
Computer Repair Engineer – PC Callout Limited – Paisley
Business Administrator Modern Apprenticeship – Apprenticeships.Scot – Linwood
Asda Colleague – Asda Ltd – Linwood
Hospitality Internship – Ayrshire College – Kilmarnock
IT Operations Solutions Trainee– – PAISLEY
Commis Chef – Scotland & Sea Food Court – Glasgow Airport
Care & Support worker – Voyage Care – Beith
Cook – The Eglinton Inn – Beith
Cleaning Operative – Regent Samsic – Largs
Marketing Officer – East Renfrewshire Council – Barrhead
Experienced Cook – Beith
Care Home Services Driver – Boots – Johnstone
Sales Consultant – Carphone Warehouse – Irvine
Sales Assistant – Photo Me – Irvine
Care Assistant – Bupa – Irvine
Customer Service Agent – Stafffinders – Renfrewshire
cookery / baking instructor – crafty cooks sw scotland – Kilmarnock
slinger / banksman – europlant maintenance uk ltd – Stevenston
CONSTRUCTION WORKER/LABOURER – europlant maintenance uk ltd – Stevenston
Outbound Telesales Advisor – VOCA – Irvine
Cleaner – Spectrum Service Solutions Ltd – Stevenston
Farm Manager – University of Glasgow – School of Veterinary Medicine – Glasgow
Mechanical Maintenance Fitter – MOD – Beith
Torpedoes In Service Support – MOD – Beith
Administrative Officer DWP (Benefit Caseworker/Telephony Agent)  – Department for Work and Pensions – Paisley
DESG Undergraduate Sponsorship Scheme – MOD – Various Locations
Stage technician – centre stage – Kilmarnock
Various jobs, various stores – Buchanan Galleries – Glasgow
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Keep your eyes peeled for Christmas jobs, they are starting to appear now!

Astro Works – Employability Club Update

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Top Vacancies 

Experienced Hard Landscaper – Munro External Works – Ayrshire
Christmas Temp – GAME – Kilmarnock
Advanced Apprenticeship Scheme – Network Rail
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You will be motivated, energetic and able to complete all tasks with accuracy and enthusiasm.
This position is temporary. Contract ends 23rd December 2016.
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Deadline for applications is Friday 9th September 2016.

Community Connector – Pennyburn Regeneration Youth Development Enterprise – Kilwinning
Community Builder – Access to Employment Ayr – North Ayrshire
Community Co-ordinators (part time) – Lloyds TSB Foundation for Scotland – North Ayrshire
Community Co-ordinators – Lloyds TSB Foundation for Scotland – North Ayrshire
DOMESTIC WORKER – Shalom Nursing Home – Irvine
Trainee Stencil Maker – Calman Technology Limited – Irvine
Warehousing & Storage apprentice (JB65DT) – JB Management – Irvine

Cleaner Operative – DCM – Irvine
Digital Skills Apprentice – QA Ltd – Irvine
Digital Web & Marketing Apprentice – QA Ltd – Renfrewshire
Fast Track Customer Service Drivers – Argos – Irvine
Customer Service Adviser – Argos  – Irvine
Stock Assistant – Argos – Irvine

Bar Person Front of House – Cecchinis Restaurant & Bar – Ardrossan
Affordable Housing Co-ordinator (Strategy) – NAC – Irvine
Retail Assistant (16 Hours) – Dynamic Retail Limited – Irvine
Personal Assistant – NHS – Crosshouse Hospital
Receptionist – Commercial Property Maintenance Services Ltd. – Johnstone
Audio Typist – Adam & Co – Irvine
Office Admin Apprentice – QA Ltd – Irvine
Sales Adviser – Superdrug – Largs
Fitness Coach – Galaxy Leisure – Kilbirnie
Bike Rider – Pizza Hut – Irvine
Car Owner Delivery Driver – Pizza Hut – Irvine
Driver – NAC – Kilwinning
Fitness Instructor – SimpsInns Ltd – Irvine
Production Operative – STAFFFINDERS – Irvine
Security Officer with SIA – Profile Security Services – West Kilbride
Paintball Marshal – Delta Force Paintball West Glasgow – Johnstone
Forklift Driver (Counterbalance + Reach Licence) – R Job Network – Stevenston
Horticulturalist Modern Apprenticeship – Apprenticeships.Scot – Irvine
Business &Administration Modern Apprenticeship – Apprenticeships.Scot – North Ayrshire
Trainee / Apprentice Nursery Nurse – Carousel Training Centre – Irvine

Trainee / Apprentice Nursery Nurse – Carousel Training Centre – Largs
PSV Part Time Coach / School Driver – Bennett’s of Kilwinning – Stevenston
Handyman / Joiner – Bennett’s of Kilwinning – Kilwinning
Customer Service Assistant – William Hill – Johnstone
Checkout Operator, Chilled Colleague – Asda – Ardrossan

Beer Festival August 2016

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Beer Festival coming to a community centre near you…if you live in Beith. On the 27th August we have 6 different breweries bringing their beers and real ales to Beith alongside Thistly Cross Cider for those of us that don’t like beer.

It will all kick off at 1pm and finish at 9pm we have homemade food and some awesome live music from local talents throughout the festival. Don’t miss out it is £5 entry and with that you will get a branded glass that is yours to keep.

Dreams do come true

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Final score beith win 4-3 on Penalties

So it happened, first Scottish junior cup final, first Junior Cup, in the 78 year history of Beith Juniors  it would be hard to find a better occasion.

Throughout the ninety minutes then straight onto penalties there were  cheers, jeers, tears at point’s relief, then an explosion of emotion, with more than a few hugs, clapping, whooping, more tears and shock on people’s faces that  Beith had won the ETHenergy Junior Scottish Cup.

Pollock started the stronger dominating possession, finding passes and looked like the favorites the bookies had made them. Winning every ball for the majority of the first half. Only a lack of clinical finishing, brave defending and goalkeeping from Beith Goalkeeper Stephen Grindlay prevented them from scoring and spared Beith blushes.

On the 18th minute Beith lost Tommy Martin through injury being replaced by Jamie Wilson. A change of personal, tactics going from 4-4-2 to 3-5-2 and Beith becoming more confident finding passes and danger men. Meant that by the end of the first half Beith  were not only more settled  but had the best chance with Kenny Mclean’s volley heading net bound until Pollock Keeper  John Longmuir tipped over his own bar.

Although Pollock started the second half as they had the first, Beith were more comfortable, breaking with pace, guile and numbers, finding passes and creating opportunities. On the 59th minute Darren Christie hit a low left foot shot passed Longmuir which went into the far corner.

The east stand with the Beith fans went crazy, I’m sure it rocked for the next 3-4 minutes, if Rugby Park had a roof the ovation would have taken it off. This was replaced by a nervousness as it suddenly became a reality that Beith could win the cup.

While the Beith fans some still shouting others, sitting biting their nails wished the time would disappear, the Pollock fans seemed stunned, with a near silence at the main stand they had.

Pollock reacted by bringing on Robbie Winters and Liam Rowan, and after a David Winters shot was tipped onto the post by Grindlay and a scramble, Robbie was there score to equalise.

From then until the final whistle 15 minutes later both teams had chances to win the game with a David McGowan header for Beith and Robbie Winters shot for Pollock both coming the closest for their teams.

So straight to penalties we went no extra time, penalties which can be a cruel, Mclean missed the first for Beith; Pollock took a 2-0 lead which disappeared thanks to saves by Grindlay and Beith scoring the others. Richie Burke stepped up and well the rest is history.

Sure at times Beith rode their luck but when the whistle blew it didn’t matter Beith’s dream had become a reality. The players, coaches, fans had stood up, been counted and are now forever part of local folklore

Team (Beith Juniors)

Stephen Grindlay (Goalkeeper)

Iain Fisher

Nicky Docherty

Kevin Macdonald

John Sheridan (Captain)

Tommy Martin (substituted 18th minute for Wilson)

Darren Christie

Paul Frize

Kenny Mclean

Andy Reid

Richie Burke


David McGowan

Jamie Wilson (replaced Martin 18th minute)

Thomas Collins

Josh Mcarthur

Zander Ryan

Referee Graham Beaton

The Romance of the Cup by William Morton

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This Sunday the 29th of May 2016 history will be made in more ways than one as Beith Juniors play Pollock FC in the ETHX Scottish Junior Cup Final at Kilmarnock FC’s ground Rugby Park. This is Beith’s first junior Cup Final and the first for Pollock in 18 years so for both these clubs and the competition history has already been made.

Pollock have reached five junior Cup Finals winning three, whilst for Beith this has been and continues to be an exciting adventure for all involved with the team and for the community.

Why dear readers have I called this the romance of the cup, well cup finals are one-offs where no matter what level you play at, if you will excuse the cliché, anything can happen, history and a team’s  form can go out the window once that whistle blows and the game begins.

Getting to the Final means you will be remembered, win or lose, although preferably win as your name will be forever etched into local folklore as well as onto Scottish Junior Cup history propelling  you into the Scottish Cup first round.

Turnstiles open at 3.05pm (kick-off 4:05pm) prices for the game are £5 for children and senior citizens and £10 for adults (payable at the gate).  The Pollock supporters will be in the main stand with Beith supporters in the East stand.

As Beith Juniors themselves have stated The ETHX Energy Scottish Junior Cup Final is a high profile day for everyone involved and it is important that everything goes well, the success of the cup final can determine the media response to Beith as a community, to Beith Juniors FC and to Junior Football in general. This is an opportunity to demonstrate the qualities of our town, community and our Football club.

Moreover as far Pollock FC and their supporters are concerned this is the biggest game not just in Scottish junior football but Scottish football if not beyond this season.

For those unable to attend the game, it’s being televised live on BBC Alba, Freeview channel 7, coverage starts 3:55pm and continues until after the presentation of medals and the cup to all those involved from the officials to the players on both sides.

I hope all those who are able to attend the game have an enjoyable but safe time, on this most special of occasions.

I would like to thank both Beith juniors and Pollock FC for additional information about the ticketing, when the turnstiles open, where the two sets of fans will be seated and how each sees the game. Lastly up to this moment there hasn’t been any commitment as to which side I’ll support come Sunday well what better way to put this to bed but to say ‘mon the mighty’.



Play Maker Presentation

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Beith Juniors Girls Football Team received their certificates after 13 weeks of long hard work towards their Play Maker award. The award consists of workshops, activities, projects and tasks to learn about how to be a successful, fair young leader. The girls completed projects such as a role model task in which they selected a role model and discussed what made that particular person someone to aspire to as a leader. A big congratulations to the girls and their coach Karen Millan for all their hard work, a very well deserved award!play maker (1) play maker (2) play maker (3) play maker (4) play maker (5) play maker (6) play maker (7) play maker (8) play maker (9) play maker (10)

Den building fun at Soup Group!

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On Wednesday I joined the team at Soup Group where we explored the outdoors, performed taste tests, played in the playhouses, toasted marshmallows and… ate soup! We had so much fun running about gathering sticks and other objects to build dens, we then had a competition to vote whos was the best den, although I had ventured between all three helping all teams to design and build their den. Our taste test was a hit and a miss, some children discovered they love some salad and others were less impressed with our efforts of a healthy snack. Finally, we gathered together round the fire for hot soup which all the kids loved and melt in your mouth marshmallows (they were my favourite part). I think its fair to say we all had a blast!

Check out our photos here

Work Experience- Charlotte Davidson

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Today I started my work experience placement with Beith Community Development Trust, I am absolutely loving it so far and have only been here for one day! I’m given so many fun tasks to complete such as scheduling, sending group texts, photographing the campus and uploading photos to social media accounts. The working environment is so funny and friendly that work doesn’t seem like “work” at all. Already I’ve learned so many skills on the computer and other devices I’m using and I hope to learn more over the following week. I’m exited to photograph the groups and comply articles about them for social media as it’s right up my street. Furthermore, I have learned about the amazing things that are happening here and just how much it is shaping or community to be a better place, it’s a pleasure to be a part of something so big.

Re-vamping the Bug Hotel!

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This week at Soup Group we decided that the Bug Hotel needed a spring clean for the nicer weather coming in. We got rid of all the old ‘furniture’ to make way for some new 5 star furnishings. The Bug Hotel now comes fully equipped with a ‘football mud bath,’ a ‘plastic bottle sofa’ and a ‘swing made out of rubbish’ – every bugs dream!

After getting muddy in the garden we headed over to the pitch and got all of our energy out playing pop up dodge ball, whats the time Mr Wolf and octopus tig. When then had a quick game of hide ‘n’ seek (a soup group favourite) before gathering around the fire for some vegetable soup and marshmallows!

We cant wait to do it all again. Soup Group will be off next week (11.05.16) and will be back the following week!


Project Main Street

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A former British Prime Minister when asked what he feared the most is said to have replied ‘events dear boy events’

Well certainly you can’t say that about Beith Trust, if anything despite the pressure that often comes from organising events and implementing them they continue onwards.

Yes I know readers you will say that I am being biased and seeing Beith Trust through rose tinted glasses and not acknowledging the issues in both the short and long term which can affect a group, this I assure you is far from the truth.

Any of us who have ever been involved in any kind of event will acknowledge the issues both negative and positive that events can have pre and post implementation. On those involved and those who the event is aimed for.

You have the theory, then there’s what actually happens, sometimes the two don’t exactly match up, which can in the long run actually result in something better than you originally envisaged.

Then you have the balance between what you would love to do if time, money and other considerations weren’t an issue and being realistic.

Over the next six months starting from April 19th-23rd 2016 Beith Trust will be working in collaboration with local businesses to improve the appearance and condition of Beith Main Street.

The starting event during this period is the  a POP UP DESIGN Studio at 27 main street Beith offering free, impartial  advice from professionals on a range of areas including  shop front improvements- signage/menu, interior design and business ideas.  This is open to all businesses in Beith or those in Beith who have business ideas but are unsure what the first steps are, or what is required in reality to set-up, maintain and grow a small business within a town centre.

This scheme allows/gives opportunity for community networking on the ground rather than in a book/online  which when flourishing can  establish in some cases and reinforce in others joined up thinking between groups of all sizes, businesses in Beith established or new, the local press, local community  and elected officials. Which in turn redefines and redirects what Beith was, is and can be in the future as well as the Garnock Valley.

By William Morton

Continuity and change

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Every Hamlet, Village, Town, City in the world has something unique about it. I will admit to enjoying walking round places that I’ve never been to or those I have and discovering something new. Even if I forget to turn the map round making it easier to read and figure out where I am.


With this in mind I was walking round Beith and passed the Beith Auld Parish kirk which I’ve passed more times than I care to remember and noticed a plaque. The plaque was split in two, the first part gave you a rough history of the Kirk, the second was a short biography about JOHN Witherspoon, he was the Parish minister in Beith from 1745-1757 but outside of Beith is perhaps more famous for being the only clergyman to sign the American Declaration of Independence on the 4th of July 1776 and his links to Harvard University.


Across the road from the Kirk before you reach the High Street is a small monument and plaque to Dr Henry Faulds born in Beith (39 New Street) he was the first person to publish a detailed report on ‘the conception of fingerprints in criminal investigation’, in the scientific journal Nature in 1880, as well as founding the Tsukiji hospital in Tokyo in 1875.


Those of you reading this might be saying, this is interesting but in what way does this relate to Beith Community Development trust (BCDT), well dear readers the connection comes slightly further up the road into main street. In Main Street Is/was the Pop-up Design Studio. As well as for the next six months BCDT are working in collaboration with local businesses to improve the appearance and condition of Beith Main Street.


The above is a clear example of continuity and change, the continuity being the history, culture and society that has shaped Beith today and change. The change being Beith stepping out of the shadows of the past, embracing it but not being defined by it. Like all change sometimes things don’t go exactly to plan, success of a project/scheme can be difficult to quantify. But change if is done in the right manner it can be an enabler for a community writing a new history while acknowledging it’s the past.


By William Morton


Last day at Easter Play Scheme!

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Even though we are all very sad its over we had so much fun on our very last day at Play Scheme! We stated off with a treasure hunt meticulously searching the garden for our gold we looked up and down and all around and eventually we all had a gold medal each – we were super proud of these!

After we headed over to the pitch for a game of kick ball it was girls against boys and the game was on!!! We ran about so much that we needed a break to catch our breaths.

Later on we played all sorts of games like hockey and dodge ball and finished off with games using the parachute, our favourite was Chinese whispers while we all  hid as a group under the parachute.

We then went in for some yummy lunch and finished off our awesome day with some party games inside. We can not wait until Summer Play Scheme starts!!

A windy start to Week 2 of Play Scheme

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After catching up on our sleep from last week we prepared for a fun filled exciting week ahead. This morning we started off with relay races leaping in and out of hurdles and weaving in and out of cones whist trying to dribble a ball which a few of us found super tricky! We then moved on to a popular favourite between us ‘Pop-up Dodge Ball’ we spent ages running about and popping up and down until we got so tired we had to go for a break.

We then decided we needed a rest so we grabbed the chalk and got to work decorating the slabs in the Astro with everything from water melons to elephants. After, we all moved on to the pitch and played football, splat and whats the time Mr Wolf all these games gave us such a big appetite just in time for lunch.

After lunch we had a mini hockey tournament which took us all they way to home time. We had so much fun but need some rest before it all starts again tomorrow.

Playscheme finale!

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Today’s events kicked off with lots of astro based fun playing games such as; capture the flag and dodgeball which used up a lot of our energy!  We then moved onto drawing our very own chalk pictures on the ground outside of the astro using a diverse range of rainbow coloured jumbo chalks.  Allowing our imagination to run wild and create masterpieces.  After a full morning of activities it was time for lunch and another movie!

After re-fuelling we went back outside to enjoy the sunshine with some hula hoop and footy fun on the pitch, check out our photos here.  A great end to an exciting week where we created lots, and made new friends.  The perfect way to spend our Easter holidays and make the most of the weather – well done kids see you next time!


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Playscheme Day 3 – fancy dress & mask painting!

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Another fun day today at Playscheme week!  We completed lots of imaginative tasks such as painting and decorating our own masks and tiara’s with colourful paints and glitters, finishing them off with string.  Continuing with a morning of creativity, we then moved onto some fancy dress fun!  We got to choose our very own individual costume each in which we put to use in our talent show – showcasing our very professional and theatrical abilities.  After our dramatic performances we then stopped for lunch and once again we were treated to a movie.  Once we had finished our lunch we then moved onto writing down why we loved Playscheme and what we learned.  “The best is playing with the dogs, I enjoyed painting my mask” “the best thing about Playscheme is making new friends”.  Well done everyone a great morning and afternoon with our new friends.  See you tomorrow for the last Playscheme day of the week!


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