Children at the Jelly Beans Toddler Group in Pulborough sported their homemade bonnets adorned with colourful chicks, rabbits and eggs in an Easter-themed competition.
At Pulborough Village Hall on Monday (March 31), the bonnets were judged and 18-month-old Zachary Constantinopoulos took first prize with a hat in the shape of a hen, surrounded by straw and chicks.
Team leader Stefanie Barnett said: “The level of standard on the hats was very high, the children all did amazing jobs.”
The group which runs every Monday during term time from 10am to 11.30am at the village hall is organised by the Pulborough Brooks Baptist Church.
“It all started with a sermon on how as a church we could put ourselves within our community. This sparked an idea in my head that Pulborough needed another toddler group for the families of the local area,” said Stefanie.
Each session is centred around a story from the Bible. The children have free play for an hour and then snacks are served, followed by story and song time.
“We have around 40 children per week and we have been blessed with at least one new family every week since we opened.”
Whirly Wiggle Story Club came on the day to entertain the children and help select the winner.
“We would like to thank all the parents and carers that have supported us since we started,” said Stefanie. “Monday mornings are our favourite day of the week and we wouldn’t be without you all. “
After the Easter break, the Jelly Beans Toddler Group will be back on Monday April 28.
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