It’s been nearly 5 years in the making. Ever since my first bleary eyed trips out with baby Kitty, visiting lovely village hall after not so lovely village hall. Sitting, singing, bouncing, dancing, laughing, crying all with other bleary eyed, post natal goddesses in my boat… and that’s the important bit right there. To do it together. The first part of Motherhood/fatherhood/parenthood is hard…bloody hard..but I found getting out and about vital. Vital in getting me through the long days. Vital in understanding my identity now I had a little bubba attached to my hip. Vital in quashing my anxieties and worries after all in the words of the great GaGa (Kitty and Jim’s Grandma not the meat donning pop star) a problem shared is a problem halved. And there is no one better to share these with than those going through the exact same worries as you, especially with a cup of coffee and a bourbon biscuit in hand. So that is where the idea for the Coop stemmed from, my own experience. To build on the brilliant things that are already happening in our beautiful county but with the added support of a flipping good café, free parking, and beautiful grounds. As a Primary School teacher for ten years before having Kitty and Jim, I have always…infact as long as I can remember, wanted to work with children. I have adored and missed creating inspiring environments in which they can flourish. I have used fourteen years of teaching experience to create a space that will help children interact with all stage of the Early Years profile.
Why the Coop? Well, really it stems from my husband. 6 years ago he decided to fork away from the arable side of our beautiful farm and concentrate on producing chicken.. a brave idea and one that I hold him in absolute awe of. With the help of his family, he has created an amazing home for us and we are so lucky to have him striving to succeed. So what better name that lets him know how proud I am of him… The Coop!