12th October 2016.
I am sitting on a tiny chair, my knees wedged uncomfortably under a bright blue table.
Around me, the friendly (but as yet unknown) faces of the ladies of Horringer Pre-School Management Committee AGM.
And the Chair has just joked, summing up a successful year of fundraising: "all we need now is a new building!".
For the first time that meeting, I spoke up: "how much do we need...?"
And that was the beginning.
On Monday, 14th September 2020, we open the doors to our brand new community building.
It's been an incredible nearly four years.
At times, incredibly hard (there have been many tears and sleepless nights...).
But also incredibly amazing: I've made some brilliant friends, learned so much - and most of all...
...WE DID IT.
I am so grateful to everyone who has supported us - including all of my blog and social media readers for being patient with my updates!
In fact, my second ever Kirsten Goodwin Coaching blog was about the first anniversary of the Acorn Project, and what I've learned about teamwork through it.
This has been a massive part of my life, and you've been with me on the journey.
So THANK YOU.
Here are some photo highlights from the last nearly four years...
Launch of the Acorn Project! April 2017.
The Sponsored Slide-a-thon - the first fundraising event I organised! (I didn't sleep the night before with worry, or the night after with excitement...)
First anniversary of the Acorn Project - with the Mayor and Horringer Women's Institute, who have both been major supporters (we've been so lucky to have the full support of our local community - we couldn't have raised the money without that...)
One of our most fun fundraising events: the Muddy Mummies - before:
Our bespoke Christmas cards, designed for us by Tor Freeman (children's book illustrator, and my oldest friend!)
The Pre-School is rated Ofsted "Outstanding"! (2018) This was really important to us to prove to the community we deserved their support for our new building.