Monday, 6 May 2019

I have had my cut!

For the last few years I have been growing out my hair. I loved having long hair and was reluctant to cut it however this week it has all come off. 

I have been growing it out for a few years always finding an excuse to cut it. Then last year the daughter of a friend of mine cut off her hair and donated it to The Little Princess  Trust. They make wigs for children and young people who have lost hair due to illness. I thought it was a brilliant and caring thing to do. My hair is very thick and so would be perfect for them. 

At the time, my hair was just about the minimum length they accept but  the longer the hair the better. So I decided to grow it longer. 

My plan was to set up a Donation page to raise some money for The Little Princess Trust. However I continued to make excuses for not cutting my hair. ‘People won’t be able to donate money so soon after Christmas’ or ‘ I will let it grow another inch’.

As the weeks turned into months, the chances of me going through with it decreased. 

Suddenly my friend who studying hair dressing in college told me needed more people to come into her college to practice her hair cutting.  

She said she could just cut off the ends and neaten it up to allow me to keep the length however I realised this could be the push I need. If I am having it cut, why not go all the way.  As I only had a few days to prepare, I had no time to talk myself out of it. 

So I nervously turned up to the college will my long hair and took my place in the hair dressing chair. 

Everyone was shocked when I told them how much was coming off.  When word spread of what i was doing, a small crowd formed to watch. 

A few minutes later, my head was suddenly so much lighter!  14 inches was cut off and sent to the Little Princess Trust.

I half expected to be upset, I had warned my friend that I was emotionally attached to my hair and might be in a bad mood after but actually I really liked it. My friend did a really good job and It helped that the people around said how good it looked and how what I was doing was brilliant.  

Now I will probably start growing it out again and hopefully I can donate more in a few years.  

Monday, 29 April 2019

Thank you ASDA

My Brownie group is not run for profit. We set the cost of subs based on our outgoings such as hire of the hall, cost of badges and cost of supplies. We try to go for cheaper versions of crafts using Poundland goods or buying bits when we see them on offer. In the 15 years since I was a Brownie the weekly cost has gone up by only 50p (although we may need to increase the subs in September).

Monday, 8 April 2019

Monday, 25 March 2019

Matilda's School concert

This week was Matilda’s spring concert at school. As it was on my day off, I went along to watch.

As a member of the PTA, I had offered to help with the refreshment stall so arrived a little earlier to set up. The concert was due to start at 6 and by 5:45 when they opened the doors the queue to get in went from the school door to the next street over! Luckily I had put my coat and bag on a chair on the front row to ensure I had a good seat.

There was an amazing turn out. The kids had been practicing their performances within class and as a result 131 of the 350 kids of the kids turned up. As the concert was mid week and started at 6pm no one really expected such a high turn out.

The concert started with a group number before all the kids came up in their year groups to sing their song. Matilda’s year sang ABBA’S Mamma Mia. All the kids sang well and you could tell the effort and preparation that had gone into it.

After everyone had sung, we had an interval where i helped with the refreshment stall. We overestimated the amount of coffee that would be sold and had loads left over at the end but we made quite a bit of money selling cakes and biscuits that people had brought/ made and donated to us.

The second half of the concert started and it was time for the trumpets. Matilda’s year had only been practicing the trumpet for a few months and had only recently started using brass trumpets rather then plastic.

I was very impressed with Matilda and her year they played well and with such confidence. It certainly wasn’t the best trumpet I have heard. It was noisy and difficult to work out what they were playing at first but Matilda loves the trumpet and it’s nice to watch her enjoying something.

Because of the height number of children attending, it took them longer to get the kids up to the front and back again and as a result, the concert went on for longer then expected. But all the parents enjoyed it and the kids loved performing to their parents. They are already planning about another concert but may need a larger location.

Monday, 18 March 2019

Matilda's Birthday

It has been a busy weekend this week as a special someone celebrated her 9th birthday.

Sunday, 10 March 2019

I'm Back

I'm back! It has been a few week since I blogged as I have had a lot going on and the last few weeks have been so busy. Why is it that everything always happens at the same time!

Friday, 15 February 2019

Helping at the School Cake Sale.

A few weeks ago my mum went to a PTA meeting at Matilda’s school. Sadly I couldn’t attend because of work but I soon got a text telling me she had volunteered me to help on the upcoming cake sale!