Who We Are
Rebecca Hobbs - Chair
I joined BEDSA back in the winter term of 2014 (think I am earning my vintage badge now!) as a helping hand for the Christmas fair. I wanted to get to know other parents at school as Benjamin was the only one from his nursery that started that year. We never went to the village pre-school, so this was a great way for me to start getting involved in the school. I couldn’t volunteer as a parent helper at school as I had my busy toddler to ‘manage’ during my non-working days.
In the new academic year of 2015, I stepped up to become co-chair with Helen (more info from her later). We took on this role together for 2 years.
We forged not only a great working relationship but have become great friends as result.
It’s now my 4th year as a BEDSA gal with the lovely Abi as my co-pilot (another fab friend). We have a super team, we all muck in and support each other – we all bring different skills to the party although I am best off refreshment duty if the chaos I brought about with the hot chocolate and sprinkles was anything to go by!
I am a part time working mum and have lived in Brinkworth since 2005. My biggest boy Benjamin is in year 3 and my youngest monkey has started his first year at Brinkworth Earl Danby’s.
Abi Larcombe - Vice Chair
I joined BEDSA in 2015 after helping out at Francesca’s first school disco. I really enjoyed seeing the children having such a great time and so, I decided I wanted to get involved with raising funds for the school whilst helping with fun and exciting events that my daughters would be able to enjoy.
By joining BEDSA I have had the opportunity to meet so many lovely parents and pupils across the different year groups who I otherwise may not have met.
I have participated in community events like the village fetes which is important to me because I live outside of the villages and I have been able to have lots of involvement with the school. Crucially, I have learnt a few new skills like how to effectively jam pack my car with mountains of your generous textile recycling donations and how to size up children for pre-loved uniform!
I have two daughters; Francesca in Year 2 and Alexa in Reception. I live in Lyneham and work part-time.
Heidi Moreton - Secretary
BEDSA is there for the children and the community, I feel really lucky to be part of a committee that strives to make the school environment an exciting place for our children to attend and regular events such as the school disco and film club always gets my son excited.
Being a committee member can be as big a commitment as you want it to be, a few meetings (usually supporting the ‘The Three Crowns’) take place and then helping with the various events.
As a full time working mum who has a husband regularly away on ‘military manoeuvres’, I can fit in being an active member around the hustle and bustle of daily life.
My family and I moved to Brinkworth in 2016, I am married to Mick and we have one dinosaur loving son; Archie who is in Year 1. I am Head of Drama and have been a BEDSA member for just over a year, as a consequence of working full time, I never get to do the school run and decided before I moved to the village that I wanted to get involved as I didn’t want to miss out on events/activities/friendship that I would make/hear in the playground.
Being part of BEDSA has given me the opportunity to feel part of the school and village community and to take an active, yet small role in helping organise/run events.
Helen Clarke - Communications
BEDSA is a brilliant group to be involved in for lots of reasons. Firstly, you get to see first-hand the children having a great time at events you have organised which makes it so worthwhile. Plus, we are raising valuable funds for the school to spend on additional educational activities or resources that wouldn’t be possible otherwise.
My children are in their third year at the school as we moved here in 2015 and I joined BEDSA soon after they started. I had been on a pre-school committee before and to be honest was in no rush to join another committee - that was such hard work having to be involved in the actual management and staffing of the pre-school. I quickly realised that the school PTA is really all about putting on events and fundraising and that’s it!
The fun bits!
The events we have put on this year have been mainly led by what the children told us they wanted. Meeting them and discussing what they think and where they would like money spent has been fantastic.
I’d recommend getting involved in BEDSA for any parent. You get to bring your own skills and ideas to the group, run events as part of a team and meet some lovely, funny and positive people. Yes, it’s hard work sometimes between working and the usual daily family antics but we put the effort in together and as with all voluntary work it really is rewarding. I think you get back way more than what you put in.
Charis Dade - Treasurer
Coming from full time employment to stay at home yummy mummy when I had Lewis, I decided to join the BEDSA team by taking on the role of treasurer in December 2015. I wanted to meet more parents in the village and surrounding areas and be part of a friendly community. I have made many new friends, had many laughs whilst helping and attending BEDSA events.
The role of treasurer is an interesting role, teaching me many new skills, one being able to count a LOT of small change and entertain a toddler simultaneously.
I love seeing how all the fantastic BEDSA fundraising events supported by families in our community raise so much needed money to support our children in and out of the classroom.
I am a mother of two sons, little Lewis and Rupert in year 3 and not to forget the two golden retrievers that hang around the lower school gates at 3pm waiting for cuddles!
Kathryn Broadhurst - Committee
I joined BEDSA in October 2017 after helping out with the ‘Brinkworth Bash’, a joint venture between BEDSA and the Brinkworth Sports and Heritage Society.
Since the Brinkworth Bash, I have enjoyed helping out with the Christmas Craft evening when, aside from the preparation for the event, I spent an enjoyable hour or so gluing on blue angel heads!!
We moved to Brinkworth in 2008 when we were unmarried, child free and mainly looking for a good location for commuting to our works. When the time came for our eldest to start, we were really fortunate to find ourselves living next to such a lovely village school.
I am now Mum to Alex (6) and Emily (3). Alex is now in Oak Class (year 1) and Emily enjoys going to Brinkworth Butterflies pre-school.
Alex is very excited about September when his little sister will be joining him at school on Thursday mornings as part of the settling in process.
As those who know Alex will be aware, he loves organising so is super excited that I am helping out so that he too can put into practice his organisational skills!
Sarah Kent - Refreshments
I first started getting involved with BEDSA in 2013. Initially I helped at discos (which I agree with Abi, they are so much fun to help at, the kids have a blast!) and over time my role has evolved.
I am now refreshments officer, a grand title for being allowed to go shopping for goodies on behalf of BEDSA. And believe me, shopping for discos and film nights supplies is something I always feel I have to explain when I’m paying at the till!
This role was perfect for me as my kids have various allergies. So, for me, it’s been about fun activities for kids and trying to ensure that dietary needs do not hinder joining in. BEDSA supports the school enabling resources and trips in a way that would otherwise be trickier to achieve, that’s one of the reasons I wanted to get involved. But equally, it’s great organising some fun stuff for the kids, such as our big circus event, or the regular discos and film nights and seeing the kids have fun with their friends.
I have two boys at Brinkworth Earl Danby’s (Harlan, Year 4, and Elias, Y2) and Solly who is almost ready for preschool.