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If you know of a local firm or business who might be interested in providing funding for an item or help with a donation, please let us know.  In return, we always publicly thank businesses and organisations by including a mention in our newsletter, on our website and Facebook page and, if requested, a photo in the Bridport News.  Other possibilities include an advertising space, eg, a regular slot in our newsletter, a plaque or printed mention.



Cream Tea Fundraiser
We had 2 very successful cream tea fundraisers take place during May 2020 raising £781.60! 
Many thanks to everyone that purchased a cream tea!  We would like to express a HUGE thank you to West Bay Tearooms and Fran White for organising this, and for baking and delivering all of the delicious scones across Bridport. Also thank you to Waitrose for contributing clotted cream. Thank you.


Many many thanks to everyone who helped and attended this amazing night!!  We raised a whopping £2510!  
A huge thank you to everyone who helped by providing raffle prizes, selling raffle tickets and helping to advertise the gig and of course buying gig and raffle tickets.  

VERY special thanks to SHELBY'S ELBOWS and THE SKALATANS who both played fantastic sets and also to the following businesses who donated prizes and made the raffle such an amazing success:

Heavers of Bridport                                        Penny Yarnold Swim School
Boden                                                             Groves Nurseries
Abbotsbury Estate                                          Salon on the square, Beaminster
The Anchor Inn, Burton Bradstock                 Porter Dodson LLP
The Ilchester Arms, Symondsbury                 Vurlands Farm & Eggcup Tearooms
CHG Electrical                                                Bridport Golf Club
Bridport Electrical Solutions                            Symonds & Sampson
Rise                                                                 Bridport Car Repair                                      
Pets Direct & Aquatics                                    Electric Palace
Strawberry Jam Entertainments                      Moores
Freshwater/Jurassic Fun Centre                     Melplash Agricultural Society
Shield Sights

Many thanks also to BEN DICKSON of who designed our fantastic poster.

Thank you to Waitrose who have given us a cheque for £301.  Thank you to everyone that supported us by placing your green token into our box. 

FOOTEPRINTS of Bridport who donated a large roll of paper for use in the Pre-school.
BRIDPORT ELECTRICAL SOLUTIONS who fitted a new security light at the front of the building.

Our theme this year was 'Mighty Oaks, from Little Acorns Grow', we had a record amount raised, totaling £70.30. Thank you to all who organised and visited the Christmas Tree Festival, and for donating.

September's cake sale raised £70 despite the wet weather on the day, a big thank you to all who baked and helped run the stall.


Thank you to everyone who helped make our gig on Saturday 16th February so amazing!! Jess Upton and the Guilty Pleasures, and Shelby's Elbows provided a brilliant night of entertainment, thank you to our committee members and volunteers who helped on the night, all the supporters who bought tickets and to our raffle prize donars. We raised a massive £1880.46!!

Special thanks to the businesses who helped support us:

Symondsbury Estate
Huck Nets
Hartley's Accountants
Haselbury Mill
Christopher Fearne ltd - Architectural Consultant
Fancy That Cakes
Strawberry Jam Entertainments

Abbotsbury Tourism
Vurlands Farm
Freshwater Holiday Park
Palmers Brewery
Greig and Allen
The Melplash Show
Cinders the Sweep
Groves Nurseries
Mercato Italiano
Framptons of Bridport
Bridport Lesuire Centre
Rawles the Butchers
Washingpool Farm
Smith & Smith
The Tourist Information Centre
The children made decorations for our tree at the Christmas Tree Festival in Bridport United Church this December. 

A massive THANK YOU to the WEST BAY DAYS COMMITTEE who presented the pre-school with a cheque for £3,000 (yes, really) at the lighting of the Christmas Tree in West Bay. We were stunned and delighted. As we did not expect such a large amount there are no definite plans on how to spend all of the money although some replacement waterproof suits are needed, a willow structure and den are planned for the garden and our IT equipment needs an overhaul. 

We had a very successful jumble sale in 2018, thank you to all who donated and helped run the stalls. 

Our Christmas was on display in Bridport United Church during December and raised £35.20. Many thanks to all who donated and to Bridport United Church for organising the event once again.

Thank you to all the families who had a go at our memories for money fundraiser, we had some excellent entries with families collecting memories from as many people as they could find. The winning entry raised £45.10, which is a huge amount of memories!! In total the pre-school raised £369. 


The gig raised a staggering £1600! Many, many thanks to Jess Upton and the Guilty Pleasures AND The Vinyl Monkeys. Thanks also to everyone who helped with the organisation of the event and the very generous businesses who donated prizes for the raffle. And thanks to everyone who came along on the night and danced the night away...and bought a lot of raffle tickets!
Special thanks to our raffle contributors: River Cottage, Bridport Golf Club, Gillinghams Financial Advisors, LAB21 Healthcare, DK Assemblies, Bridport Lesuire Centre, Grieg and Allen, E Bailey and Sons Builders, Abbotsbury Children's Farm, Groves Nurseries, Spotless Cleaning, Munchkins Play Cafe Dorchester, Mercato Italiano, Clipper Teas, Specsavers, Smith and Smith, Rock my Lashes and Cahill Motors Dorchester.

The pre-school held it's annual Easter Fun Day on Sunday 9th April, and we had brilliant weather for the event.  We all had a fun-filled afternoon of Easter crafts, biscuit decorating, egg rolling, egg catching, cake eating, tea drinking, face painting and games. Thank you to all who came out to support the event, and for all those whose gave up their Sunday afternoon to help. A special thank you goes out to KAL marquees who donated and set up the marquee in the grounds, and to Jess for providing the music and PA system. Thank you to all our business supporters who help us with raffle prizes, including Longleat Safari Park, River Cottage, Joe Allen, Gillinghams, Guy Crabb, Clipper Teas, The West Bay Hotel, The Bull Hotel, West Bay Tea Rooms, Fat Face, and Morrisons. We raised an egg-cellent £640!! Amazing!

On Saturday 11th March, the pre-school held a bric-a-brac sale in Bucky-do Square. We were very lucky with the weather and had a hugely successful day raising £535! A big thank you goes to our current committee members who set up and sold throughout the day, Thanks to Jim and Kath for so kindly helping with storing the items ahead of the event, Cherri for arranging transportation of the items, Ali for sorting out the tables, and to all the people who donated items to sell.

We had another fabulous evening at The Tithe Barn in Symondsbury with Jess Upton and The Guilty Pleasures.  St Catherine's Pre-school was one of the beneficiaries of this evening along with some other super charities, and were presented with a cheque for £800!! We are extremely grateful to Creeds for all their hard work organising the event and for their continued support of the pre-school.

On Monday 5th December the pre-school set up their Christmas Tree in the Bridport United Church. Thank you to everyone who went and visited the church and donated, the pre-school raised £35.89.

CAKE STALL: Friday 25th November
Many thanks to all the parents who baked for the cake sale, and for those who helped to set-up and run the stall. We made £66.21!!


What an amazing night it was in the company of Jess Upton and the Guilty Pleasures, and the Mutter Slater Band in the fabulous Tithe Barn, in Symondsbury. A huge thank you to the bands who provided the outstanding entertainment, and to Symondsbury Estate, for donating the beautiful venue. A big Thank you goes to our raffle prize contributors: The Anchor at Seatown for a £40 voucher, River Cottage for a cookery course, James Hewitt for a £50 Waitrose/John Lewis Voucher, and for Simon Hartley of Hartley's Accountants for a £50 Fat Face Voucher.

It was lovely to see so many people supporting the event. It was an incredibly successful evening seeing the pre-school raise just over £1421!!! 

Look out for the next gig night with Jess in January........


Well the carnival was a bit of a wet one..... but we think everyone had a good night. Thank you so much to the parents and staff who made costumes and dressed up to raise money for the carnival committee. We hope to find out shortly what the total amount raised came out at and how much the pre-school will receive. 

The raffle which was drawn at the Leaver's picnic managed to raise £79, many thanks to everyone who bought tickets and joined us for an afternoon of entertainment, we hope you all had a lot of fun. 

After school on Friday 20th May the pre-school held another cake-stall. We had a huge range of cakes and biscuits to sell, made by our wonderfully supportive parents, and managed to raise just over £70! Thank you so much to our helpers on the day, we couldn't have done it without you, and to all the people who came and bought after-school treats

What a wet day this turned out to be! However, a lot of fun was had by all who braved the weather, thank you to all those who supported the event by turning up on the day, donating prizes for the raffle, bringing Easter Eggs, baking cakes, and those who gave up their time to help on the day. We managed to raise £480 for the pre-school.
A special thanks to: Kingston Maurward Gardens and Animal Park; Gorselands Caravan Park; River Cottage; Babygear; Bridport Canoe Club; Palmers Brewery; Freshwater Holiday Park; The Shed; Jessica's Farmhouse Cakes; Groves Nurseries; West Bay Tea Rooms; Creeds; Bridport Golf Club and Unilever for donating prizes.

The pre-school had a stall in Bucky Doo  on Saturday 12th March, selling toys, games, clothes, china, pots, pans, pictures, books... absolutely loads of stuff that was kindly donated by our parents. We had an absolutely fantastic day selling, and raised £609.64!! Many thanks to everyone that contributed items, and to Jim, Jess, Chloe, Michelle and Michelle's mum who gave up their Saturday to run the stall. Thanks also to Hayley to helped Jim and Chloe sort through the mountain of bric-a-brac Friday night, and a special thanks to Jim and Kath for storing everything in their house. Anything that wasn't sold on the day was donated to Julia's House, Scope and Oxfam.

The pre-scho
ol had a Christmas tree displayed in Bridport United Church with all decorations having been made by the children. Donations were made by local people visiting the Christmas tree festival.

The pre-school held a fundraising Cake Sale on Friday 11th December and raised  £85! Thank you to the many parents who made cakes, biscuits and mince pies, the stall looked fantastic, as well as our team of parent helpers who set up and took the money. Thanks to everyone who visited the stall to buy their after-school treats

AUTUMN QUIZ: Many thanks to those that supported the pre-school by taking part in our Autumn Quiz, with a chance of winning a £25 John Lewis gift voucher. We managed to raise £42.

Raised a whopping £1034.30!!

Thank you to everyone who made the Halloween Spooktacular a huge success. This includes the staff team, very hard working volunteers, all the generous  businesses and people who donated things for the event and of course all the families who made great efforts with fancy dresses and pumpkins and who supported the event by coming along - we hope you all enjoyed yourselves!! With all this support we raised just over £1034.30p - this is our best fundraiser yet - Wow!!! As we are a charity, we rely heavily on our fundraising efforts, and this will help St Catherine's Pre-school to continue to provide fantastic early years childcare that the children all deserve 🎃👻. Thank you to everyone!!!! 😃

We are delighted that Muddy Puddles supported our pre-school with a contribution to the raffle. Muddy Puddles make outstanding waterproofs for schools and have just launched a Muddy Academy scheme to support schools in outdoor learning. Read more at