Uplands Playgroup Committee

We are a Community Playgroup and as such are a registered charity. The Management Committee is a voluntary group of committed individuals from the parent group and local community. The main roles are Chairperson, Treasurer, Secretary and General Committee members. Without these roles being filled we are unable to run the playgroup. If you would like to join our committee please get in touch via uplandsplaygroupcommittee@gmail.com

 

Meet the Committee

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Anna Rennolds Cook

Chairperson

Anna knows all the words to The Little Mermaid and is addicted to chocolate. She has a Fine Art degree but the most artistic thing she currently does consists of stealing her children's colouring books. She loves to go to gigs and festivals and 2020 was the first year of her adult life where she hasn't been to a festival. Both of her daughters have been to Uplands Playgroup and she loves a good old playgroup jumble sale.

(Anna is age 2 or 3 in this photo.)

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Harriet Taylor

Treasurer

Ex-playgroup parent, Harriet still enjoys being part of the Uplands team now that her son has moved on to school. She’s most likely found stomping around the pavements and parks of Stroud with her daughter in tow, or curled up on the sofa with a glass of red, bingeing the most recent Netflix series.

(Harriet is age 3 in this photo, it was taken at her playgroup.)

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Sadia Nasim

Secretary

Sadia's son attended playgroup and is now thriving at the school.At the weekends Sadia can be found visiting local parks, walking in the countryside, cooking or enjoying family trips to the farmers market. She is fascinated by life, the magic and mysteries we are surrounded with, and has a deep love for nature, travel and exploration. Sadia did not attend any playgroup and went to Pakistan for a year instead, she gained two languages, got both ears pierced painfully and spent time playing on the family farm!

(Sadia was 3yrs old in this passport photo.)

 
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Mat Stanford

Committee Member

Mat's daughter attended playgroup and is now thriving at the school. He has a rescue whippet named Rio and has done multiple runs to raise money for the committee. Mat enjoys taking his family to festivals and any excuse to get his dancing shoes on.

(Mat aged 3 or 4 in this photo.)

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Gemma Johnson

Committee Member

Gemma's all time favourite film is Good Night Mr Tom. She has two children, one has attended Uplands Playgroup and is now at school, and her youngest is due to start playgroup in September 2021. During lockdown she found a love for gardening and up-cycling, her old garden bench is now a huge planter! Christmas is her favourite time of year, and there’s no such thing as too much glitter!

(Gemma is age 4 in this photo, it was taken at St Matthews.)

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Holly Marsh

Committee member

Holly lives in Uplands and has three small children, one is at Uplands Playgroup and the other two are soon to follow. She enjoys making pottery and is always very keen to take on an arts and crafts project! Holly always enjoys hearing what fun things the children have been doing each day and loves being part of the Uplands Playgroup family.

(Holly as a pre-schooler in this photo.)

 
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Kelly Poole

Committee Member

Kelly has a very keen interest in speedway and has been around the world watching it. She knows all the Frozen songs thanks to her little girl. She has a level 3 NVQ in health and social care. Kelly attended Uplands Playgroup back in the 90s and now her little girl is following in the tradition.

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Sarah Millar

Committee Member

Sarah is a Bristolian Stroudie mum of 2 (a 4 year-old human and a 10 year old Border Collie). As a family we absolutely adore travelling and often go on adventures together. She describes herself as a maker, baker and allotmenteer! Her superpower would be the ability to make a big occasion out of any calendar event and what better thing to do than be part of a fabulous playgroup that celebrates it all!

(Sarah as a pre-schooler in this photo.)

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Could this be you?

Committee member

If you feel that joining our committee would be something you fancy please get in touch, the more the merrier!

 

What does the Committee do?

We oversee the management of the playgroup and support the staff and extended playgroup family.

Playgroup relies heavily on GCC funding and fee paying parents, this covers the cost of staffing and basic overheads, all other costs need to be generated from fundraising and this is the primary purpose of the general committee. We fundraise for the playgroup to keep it in supplies of sellotape, paint, glitter, paper, books, toys, and all the other wonderful things the children need to have the best playgroup experience.


All maintenance and repairs to the playgroup are fundraised for and there is always something on our wish list. In 2014 the committee raised an amazing £38,000 to refurbish the playroom and garden area. In 2018 we installed new mini toilets and sinks for the children, in 2020 we replaced our falling down shed with a purpose built one, in 2021 we will install recycled cladding to replace crumbling render and insulate the building.

 

Succesful fundraising:

  • We organise raffles and prize draws (our most recent christmas draw raised over £600).

  • We love a good jumble sale and clothes swish with a reputation for great stuff people travel from across the county to attend our sales.

  • We organise collections for the bags-to-school initiatives. 

  • We organise sponsored events such as parents (past and present) running Stroud Half Marathon.

  • We host quiz nights at local venues and virtually.

  • We organised our first Playgroup Pumpkin Trail in 2020.

  • We organise bake sales, plant sales etc.

  • We work in partnership with local buisinesses to promote local and enjoy profit shares.

  • We use online shopping platforms to generate cashback such as easyfundraising.org and AmazonSmile.

  • We apply to organisations for funding such as Tesco's Bags For Help and The Co-operative community fund and the Summerfield trust. These applications usually correspond to larger projects such as the renovation of out toilets, the purchase of a new shed, and currently the replacement of our crumbling render with recycled cladding.

 

What can the committee offer you?

What can you offer the committee?

You will be part of the thriving playgroup community that we are all so proud of. The committee needs dedicated people who are excited to get involved, be it running a 5k or a marathon, helping out at the summer sizzle, hosting pumpkins on the Halloween trail, baking cakes, or organising toy Santa races at the school fayre. You can offer the committee your skills and enthusiasm. New ideas are always needed and people to see them through from concept to fruition. 


The committee can offer you the opportunity to learn new skills and make new friends, to be part of a community that will continue long after your children have moved on to school. We are proud of the cycles of friendships that start at playgroup and continue to adulthood, and then re-start as the next generation attends.