Jolly Tots


We are holding Jolly Tots twice a month due to popular demand.

From 5th January 2018 there will be charge of £1 per adult and child, and 20p per extra child.

This includes craft and food/drinks for children and adults.


Jolly Tots have received a thank you letter and certificate for raising £43. 25 for Save the Children's Christmas jumper day.

The letter says 'By getting together, sticking on your silliest festive sweaters and donating to Save the Children, you're helping to solve some very serious problems, meaning we can save even more children's lives around the world. The money you raised could give a child living in a refugee camp clothes to keep them warm throughout the winter, help buy nutritious food for their entire family, or set up a safe space to give children the chance to be children again'
Well done Jolly Tots we are very proud of you.

Another thank you goes to Alison, Darren and Lily from Bacup who have donated a doll's house and Noah's ark to Jolly Tots. The children loved playing with the gifts. Eileen

Jolly Tots

Snow on March 4th meant we had to cancel Jolly Tots. However, when I rang round to cancel, everyone was so disappointed so we rearranged for the following week. So far this year because of different circumstances we haven't always been able to have Jolly Tots on the first Friday of the month. A big thank you to Phil and Janet who made sure we had heating in the Narthex.

We had all our usual toys out and we have to thank Doreen (Nuttall) for preparing our craft work which was very popular. The children (and some adults) made Easter cards which they loved doing. Then we displayed them before taking them home. Doreen also baked and decorated Easter chick and egg biscuits for the children to take home. Lovely.

We always try to provide healthy snacks for the children usually toast, bananas, grapes , carrot batons and a drink of water. The adults usually have tea, coffee and toast and sometimes biscuits but we were treated to delicious birthday chocolate cake from Claire.

We missed Diana helping us as she has just had an operation on her knee so we wish Diana a speedy recovery. We welcomed Betsy who has joined our team and thank her for her help.

Our next Jolly Tots will be on April 1st. In May we will hopefully dance round our Maypole and in June we are having a party to celebrate the Queen's Birthday. We always like to welcome new people to Jolly Tots so please pop in and see us.






At our April Jolly Tots someone mentioned that as our May playgroup was on the 1st of May why not make a May pole. So that’s what we did. What fun we had!!

We got a base and a pole and some ribbons and waited for the children and adults to arrive. Everyone joined in decorating the pole and putting on the ribbons and the May pole was ready. We had some Morris dancing music and Amanda brought some little Maypole songs to learn and dance round the Maypole. The children loved it and they took turns to be the May Queen and May King. We had a garland of flowers for the Queen to wear and a gold crown for the King. Thank you to everyone who helped us to bring back a May Day tradition. We hope you enjoy looking at our photographs.               




We started our new year of Jolly Tots on Friday 11th January 2015.

It was good to see everyone again and we welcomed Diana who has volunteered to help us. We are always grateful for new volunteers. It might be to chat to the grown ups who come with the children and make them feel welcome in our church community or to help the children with simple craft work; play games with the children; help get the toys out ( and put them away!); or to give Doreen help in the kitchen.

There is always something to do and a very enjoyable way to spend a couple of hours with families from our community. It's very informal but we like to think structured.

We were delighted that Jenna, Andrew and Oliver Riding brought their beautiful new baby daughter and little sister Millie - Rose. She slept all the way through but we all said 'hello' to her. Millie-Rose was due on the 23rd December but waited until just after midnight on the 1st January 2015 to become the first baby born in East Lancs this year. Congratulations to the Riding Family.

Well done to another Jolly Tots mum Rachael Vincent. Her daughter Jacey was born at Burnley General 9 months ago and needed specialist treatment in the neonatal unit to save her life. A regional review of neonatal units is underway and many young families are worried if the unit were to close at Burnley General the nearest unit would be 30 miles away. Rachael has organised an online petition to save the unit. In ten days she has received over 9,000 signatures so well done to you Rachael. Thanks to the unit Jacey is a gorgeous little girl just starting to crawl.

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