Field House preschoolers top the charts at annual parade and help children’s charity
Field House Day Nursery staff and children delighted thousands in the annual Buckingham Town Christmas parade and once, again, scooped second prize for the best junior float.
Previous winners, the staff and children from the Ofsted-rated Outstanding Day nursery in Tingewick Road have always made it into the top three of the competition which this year attracted about 40 floats on the theme of ‘Proverbs’.
Deputy Manager, Elizabeth Waples, who appeared on the Field House ‘Early Bird Catches the Worm’ float in a Bluebird costume said the £55 will be donated to a charity supporting children with disabilities.
“You can tell the staff love this event by the enormous effort they put into their costumes and, as always, our parents were wonderful in creating imaginative costumes for their children and cheering loudly from the side-lines as we passed,” she said.
Particular praise went to James Newman, father of Tyler, who has pulled the nursery float through the town for the last four years even though his son left for mainstream schooling in September.
Two-year-old Harry Jameson parents also came in for praise as Nikki, created the flowers and insects, stitched over several evenings, which adorned the float and Dad, Luke, provided the jelly worms which were handed out to onlookers.
Lighting and other props for the float were donated by three-year-old William Fish’s Dad, Ben. And music was provided by Collette Thompson, mother of James Thompson.
The prize money will be donated to Children Today, which funds equipment for children with disabilities, and has been adopted by the day nursery for a year-long fund raising drive.
“At the moment our healthy happy children are eagerly anticipating gifts of toys at Christmas while other children, who face up to a range of challenges every day, are hoping for essential presents like ventilation machines for Cystic Fibrosis sufferers, or wheelchairs and mobility aids which are not provided by the Government or NHS,” she said.