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What a Year! Our Top Nursery Projects of 2017

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Here at Creative Play we have been designing, manufacturing and installing fantastic playgrounds for over 25 years. Needless to say, we have installed our fair share of school playgrounds up and down the UK during this time; and 2017 has been no different!

We thought it would be a great idea to look back through our archives and chose 6 of our favourite 2017 nursery playgrounds. From statement play towers to challenging physical play equipment, rustic sensory areas to vibrant safety surfacing, we had lots of developments to choose from.

In no particular order, see below to see if your school has made our list.


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Clockwork Day Nursery

THE BRIEF

With Clockwork Day Nurseries opening day quickly approaching, the final part of the development, the outdoor play area, still needed to be addressed. The Nursery contacted Creative Play with a wish list already in mind. Looking to incorporate a roadway, balance/climbing, role play, sand and water features as well as mounds and tunnels to the area we knew we would be able to help!

THE DESIGN

With the brief we were given we were extremely excited to be part of such a great transformation. We designed the facility to include a range of early year’s playground equipment such as an outdoor sail shade, sandbox, mound tunnels, crawling tube, tower system, custom made water feature and playhouse; everything the Clockwork Day Nursery had asked for.

In addition to all of the equipment Wetpour Safety Surfacing and Artificial Grass Safety Surfacing were laid to allow all-weather use and ensure the play area meets all BSEN 1176/1177 standards. Within the Wetpour Safety Surfacing we also incorporated the requested roadway to provide more role play elements.

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Northumbria University Nursery

THE BRIEF

A two stage development, staff at Northumbria University Nursery wanted to create two play spaces, each with its own play tower as the focal point, that focused on the development of fundamental movement skills and encouraged physical play. As always, we were happy to assist.

THE DESIGN

As the first area was smaller, we were really able to make the most out of the space by custom creating their Jigsaw Play Tower to pack in lots of exciting play features into a compact design. Again for the second area, a Jigsaw Play Tower acted as the main focal point, this time without roofed platforms, whilst additional play equipment was added to utilise the larger area available. Items such as our Timber Playhouse is great for den-making but can also be used to store trikes when not in use. A number of our Toddle Town play items were also added, such as our Balance Bar, Timber Bridge and Balance Beam, to allow the children to develop their balance and co-ordination skills.
Across both areas, green and black fleck Wetpour was used to ensure all BSEN 1176 & 1177 safety requirements were met.

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Busy Bees Croydon

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Our impressive development at Busy Bees Croydon is all about combining physical play opportunities with open-ended imaginative play elements. A bespoke 2 tower Jigsaw play structure and outdoor shelter act as the main focal points in the playground, whilst pieces such as our Timber Bridge, Timber Crawl Tunnel and Timber Playhouse – Construction Zone  are all about providing discovery and exploration opportunities.

Our Wetpour Safety Surfacing acts as a great all-weather base that ensures all BSEN 1176 & 1177 standards are met; better still we incorporated a roadway design into the surfacing itself to incorporate a further play feature.

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Hagbourne Pre School

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Hagbourne Pre-School got in touch with Creative Play in regards to updating their outdoor play garden. They wanted to remove their existing equipment and replace it with a number of playhouses and playboards as well as an impressive climbing frame.

Firstly, a two tower Jigsaw Play Tower was added to create a main focal point; this included challenging play features such as a net climber and climbing panel for children to master. Teepee and Mound Tunnel playhouses were added to promote imaginative and social play as well as to provide shelter from the elements. To provide lots of varied play opportunities we also included a wide range of Playboards, such as our Rainwheel, Chalk Board and Dice, to encourage sensory, creative and educational play respectively. Finally, Wetpour Safety Surfacing was used throughout the area to provide a colourful all-weather surface, whilst ensuring all BSEN 1176/ 1177 requirements were met

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News Topnur 5 | What A Year! Our Top Nursery Projects Of 2017 | Creative PlayHappitots Nursery Bishopbriggs

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Happitots Nursery were looking to update their existing play area and after meeting with Creative Play, and establishing the 2 areas to be developed, we worked together closely to achieve the best solution that would provide the best play value as well as encourage the children to develop their fundamental movement skills.

In the front garden we installed play equipment from our Toddle Town play range aimed specifically for EYFS settings. The equipment included our Timber Crawling Tube, Sleeper Balance Beam, Timber Bridge and Traverse Panel all aimed at developing children and providing a great challenge.
For the rear garden we added out Jigsaw Play Tower at a height of 0.6m perfect for younger children to traverse across and have fun at the same time. Overall this Nursery has been a great transformation and a pleasure to have been a part of.

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Little Acorns Pre School

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Our development at Little Acorns Pre School proves that you don’t need need play equipment to transform your outdoor space. Vibrant Wetpour Safety Surfacing with contrasting colour splashes add interest to an empty outdoor play space and serve as a great feature for encouraging imaginative play. Overall this surfacing only project allows Little Acorn’s more flexibility with their outdoor space as they can switch what outdoor play equipment they want to use through the year. Better yet our Wetpour Safety Surfacing is a fantastic all-weather surface, ensuring the nursery children can enjoy outdoor play throughout the seasons.


Want Creative Play to develop your nursery’s outdoor play space? Get in touch today and book your free, no-obligation playground design and consultation. Who knows, you may feature in our Top 2018 playground developments!

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Tip Top School Playgrounds of 2017

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Here at Creative Play we have been designing, manufacturing and installing fantastic playgrounds for over 25 years. Needless to say, we have installed our fair share of school playgrounds up and down the UK during this time; and 2017 has been no different!

We thought it would be a great idea to look back through our archives and chose 6 of our most favourite 2017 playgrounds. From Multi-Use Games Areas to sensory gardens, trim trails to impressive tower systems, it’s been extremely difficult to whittle it down to our top 5.

In no particular order, see below to see if your school has made our list.


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Sheffield High School/ Ashdell Prep

THE BRIEF

With the merger of Ashdell Prep with Sheffield High School, it was agreed between the sites that two play areas at Ashdell Prep should be completely rejuvenated before the new school year starts in September. The brief was simple: to introduce a lot more colour through the incorporation of play equipment & safety surfacing.

THE DESIGN

For this project we knew the customers wanted to add some serious colour to their outdoor play spaces so we really went for it! Vibrant play pieces such as our First Mate pirate ship and Carousel Mini not only have a lot of colour, but they also provide lots of play features such as slides, climbing panels and crawling tunnels; ideal for promoting physical play and developing fundamental movement skills. Smaller items such as Playboards, a storytelling area, Sandbox, Water Wall and bespoke playhouse were also added to provide a wider variety of play opportunities. Our Wetpour Safety Surfacing was used throughout both areas to again add colour but to also ensure all British and European safety standards would be met. We used a number of bright colours and even integrated designs such as hopscotches, mirror me stations and roadways to provide even more play opportunities.

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Trinity Oaks C of E Primary School

THE BRIEF

Trinity Oaks C of E Primary School is a reasonably new school; only opening in September 2014. This meant the school didn’t really have a play facility for the children and with new KS2 pupils due to start soon, they wanted to add a play area before they started. Overall, the school wanted to incorporate a climbing frame and a shelter area as a minimum.

THE DESIGN

The development area at Trinity Oaks C of E Primary school was pretty much a blank canvas, ready for a complete transformation. We decided to add one of our Jigsaw Play Towers to add the ultimate one-stop play structure. Alongside this, we added our Octavia Shelter, a Timber Cabin, two pieces of our popular Trim Trail range; our Jelly Board and Moving Beam, to add even more play options. Thermoplastic playground markings were also included to allow for ball games. Overall, we managed to meet all of the requirements requested by the school, and more!
To ensure the playground met all of the BSEN 1176/1177 safety standards required, we laid our Wetpour Safety Surfacing, in blue and green, under the Jigsaw Play Tower and Timber Cabin; this also added a nice splash of colour to the existing tarmac area.

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THE BRIEF

An existing customer, Sherfield School got back in contact with Creative Play as they were looking to revamp their KS1 and Early Years areas. Wanting to focus primarily on sensory play, role play and climbing equipment they were keen to hear our thoughts on how best to redevelop the two outdoor spaces. As always, we were happy to help!

THE DESIGN

Due to the scale of the Sherfield’s development, we knew we wanted to incorporate a variety of impressive play equipment to really utilise the space on offer. Our Adventure Trail 16 is a ready made circuit ideal for encouraging physical play and developing fundamental movements skills, while our vibrant Mini Train and Teepee playhouse meets the role play elements requested in Sherfield’s brief. Sensory play items such as our Water Wall -EYFS, Mud Kitchen Midi & Digging Planter Miniature Garden are fantastic for encouraging children to discover & explore during play and are always popular in both Early Years & KS1 settings. A combination of Wetpour and Rubber Mulch Safety Surfacing was used throughout to provide all-weather play surfaces as well as to ensure all BSEN 1176 and 1177 safety requirements were met.

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News Topedu17 5 | Tip Top School Playgrounds Of 2017 | Creative PlayWillow Green Academy

THE BRIEF

Wanting to transform their existing EYFS tarmac play area, Willow Green Academy got in touch with Creative Play. During their consultation it became apparent that they wanted to include a mixture of play surfaces as well as incorporate a main climbing tower, sensory items and imaginative play equipment. Being such a large development, we were excited to get started!

THE DESIGN

With so many wants we really wanted to make sure we met, and exceeded, all of Willow Green’s expectations. Firstly, we included classic sensory play items such as our Water Wall – EYFS and new Messy Play Tables whilst for the main climbing tower we created a custom Jigsaw Tower with a slide, V-Bridge and Net Climber. Den-Making Teepees & Weaving Beams were added to spark imaginations and our Half Octavia Shelter creates a great outdoor classroom. We also added a Timber Combi Goal with two Timber Kickboards to create a great sports zone. Throughout the development we used a variety of coloured Wetpour Safety Surfacing to create different play zones whilst ensuring all BSEN 1176 & 1177 safety requirements were met. For the sports area, Artificial Grass Safety Surfacing was used to mimic a football pitch.

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News Topedu17 4 | Tip Top School Playgrounds Of 2017 | Creative PlayOasis Academy Ryelands

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After developing their KS2 area, Oasis Academy Ryelands got back in contact with Creative Play in regards to transforming its KS1 area. A new school site, the existing tarmac area was completely empty and was a great blank canvas for us to work with. After Ryeland’s consultation, it became apparent that they wanted to create a quiet area that would include lots of seating as well as provide select play items that would encourage open-ended play.

Together we decided on a stage area, with numerous curved benches, ideal for both performing and spectating, during break and lesson times. Our Storytellers Area was also added to create an additional group space. Two Den-Making Teepees and Artificial Grass Safety Surfacing were included to enhance the rustic feel of the predominantly timber play equipment. Finally, a variety of seating and benches were provided to create lots of zones ideal for relaxing and socialising.


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Wanting to develop their EYFS area in stages, Norwood Primary School got in touch with Creative Play in regards to kick-starting their project.
During Norwood Primary School’s consultation they confirmed that they wanted to create a fun roadway out of some sort of safety surfacing. After discussing what safety surfacing would be best for their individual needs, together we decided that a Artificial Grass area with a contrasting Colourplay roadway design would be ideal.
The contrast of the natural grass effect against the block colours would create a really crisp finish and show off the play features well, while also providing a tactile, all-weather play surface. Design details such as zebra crossings and lane lines we incorporated to provide additional prompts for imaginative play as well as aid road safety lessons.
Overall the final area looks great and we cannot wait to see how this projects unfolds in the future.


Want Creative Play to develop your school’s outdoor play space? Get in touch today and book your free, no-obligation playground design and consultation. Who knows, you may feature in our Top 2018 playground developments!

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Top 5 Outdoor Gym Equipment Items that Every School Should Have

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Outdoor gyms have been popping up in schools and parks around the country over the past decade as part of a nationwide initiative to make fitness both fun and accessible for all. Spending time in an outdoor school gym area on a regular basis offers a whole range of health and wellbeing benefits to children as they grow and develop. As well as encouraging students to be more active during their breaktimes, these easy-use fitness stations provide an ideal space for hosting dynamic PE lessons and sports training sessions.

If you’re thinking about embracing fresh air fitness at your school, then it’s essential to choose equipment pieces that are versatile enough to be used by different ages and ability levels. With so much choice now available when it comes to choosing outdoor gym equipment for schools, it can sometimes be hard to know where to begin. Our outdoor fitness experts have chosen a few of the metal outdoor gym equipment pieces that would work well in almost any setting.

 

1. Children’s Double Cross-Country Skier

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Our double cross-country skiers give an excellent cardiovascular workout by exercising every muscle in the body. Children can work at their own pace, moving their arms and legs back and forth to gain momentum. This piece is also great for encouraging teamwork and social interaction. Children will have fun working in pairs to master the challenge of co-ordinating both their arms and legs together as they exercise.

 

 

2. Children’s Balance Beams

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Balance beams are hugely versatile and simple to use, making them perfect for children of all ability levels. Students at your school can practise their balance and co-ordination whilst building cardio strength. They can choose to work individually or in pairs to carry out a range of exercises such as single leg balancing, bunny hops and touch downs, to name a few. Balance beams can easily be incorporated into PE lesson plans or used for sports day activities.

 

 

3. Children’s Seated Leg Press

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The seated leg press is specifically designed to improve flexibility, balance and strength. Once the children are seated, they can use their feet to push away from the frame, working their legs, thighs and glutes. Your students will enjoy the challenge of working in pairs and sitting opposite each other will naturally encourage them to do bigger, longer presses.

 

 

4. Sit-Up Bench

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Sit-ups are one of the most effective abdominal exercises there is, making this an essential piece of outdoor gym equipment for schools and colleges. The sit-up bench can be used by both adults and children alike to perform classic sit-up exercises with the feet hooked under the bar, working the abdomen and upper thighs. It’s also versatile enough to be used for step-ups, or combined with other items as part of an activity trail.

 

 

5. Children’s Arm and Pedal Bike

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The arm and pedal bike combines the benefits of cycling with upper arm exercise to provide a full-body workout. This piece of fitness equipment is great for advancing children’s hand-eye coordination, whilst helping to improve their balance and overall stamina. It can be tricky to exercise both muscle groups at the same time, but over time the children will see some great results.

 

Creative Play specialise in providing outdoor gym equipment for schools, parks and local councils around the UK. Our team of experts are passionate about engaging children and young people in outdoor fitness, and they have over 25 years of experience in constructing dynamic playground equipment to prove it.

If you’re interested in creating an outdoor gym space at your school, then don’t hesitate to get in touch with our team today. They will listen to your ideas and design preferences, before visiting your facility for a free consultation where the specifics of your outdoor gym equipment will be mapped out. We’ve worked with all manner of locations and budgets which means that no area is beyond our expertise.

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How To Get The Most From Your School Playground Equipment

Schools around the country are now realising the potential of their grounds and making a conscious effort to create outdoor spaces that support children’s learning and physical wellbeing. However, finding suitable school playground equipment can prove to be very challenging at times, especially if you’re working with a limited budget.

If you’re on the lookout for flexible play pieces that can cater to a range of ages and activities, then take a look at this guide. You’ll be surprised by how a few simple changes can help to improve your outdoor space and even boost positive behaviour amongst your pupils. Our team of playground experts are here to help you to get the most from your school playground items and make life at better for both students and teachers alike.

 

1. Utilise all of the space

Restricted and out-of-bounds areas tend to encourage misbehaviour on the schoolyard. You should identify any problem areas and think about how they could be turned into enjoyable child-friendly spaces. For example, a small plot of overgrown land that isn’t being used for anything could be cleared out and turned into a football pitch, a reading area or even a school garden. This way you can ensure that every area of your outdoor space has a function and that children are using it productively.

 

2. Combine sports areas

With childhood obesity and mental health issues at an all-time high in the UK, schools are now being urged to take a more proactive role in promoting healthy living for their pupils. Even if you’re stuck for space at your school, it’s still possible to facilitate a range of different sports without having to create a separate sports court for every activity.

Creative Play have helped many schools with smaller outdoor spaces to establish an enclosed MUGA (or multi-use games area) where children can take part in wide a range of sports during their break times and PE lessons. You can use our sports markings to create professional-looking pitches and courts, with the option to combine netball, basketball, tennis and many more sports all on the same court.

 

3. Have fun whatever the weather

Children in schools and nurseries are now spending less time outdoors than ever before. Try to get your pupils outside as much as possible during the school day, even on days when it’s raining. You’ll find that children are rarely phased by the weather as long as they have the correct clothing. With the right surfacing on your, you won’t have to worry about slips and falls either. Some of the best options for school playgrounds and sports courts include:

Creative Play offer a range of weather-resistant surfacing options that are designed to facilitate year-round use. All of our surfacing options are given a slip-resistant coating which makes them a lot less restrictive than grass.

 

4. Choose multifunctional equipment

Government cuts to school funding over the past few years have meant that a lot of schools are not in a position to invest in large and expensive pieces of school playground equipment. However, there are plenty of smaller sports items that are just as effective when it comes to engaging children and encouraging positive behaviour on the playground.

We offer a fantastic range of school sports equipment that includes everything from target panels and activity boards to outdoor gym equipment for a full workout. Take a look at our goal end with a built-in basketball net – just one item that would work perfectly in a MUGA where pupils can take part in football, netball and basketball all in the same space.

 

5. Zoning

Creating specific zones for each activity has been shown to affect playground behaviour by increasing physical activity, decreasing bullying and even reducing playground injuries. If you’re revamping your schoolyard, then don’t forget to include:

  • Quiet areas with sheltered seating
  • Nature areas with plants and flowers for sensory play
  • Active areas with grid games and play equipment such as beanbags, skipping ropes, cones and soft balls

 

Creative Play offer a wide selection of thermoplastic playground markings that are specifically designed to brighten up dull schoolyards with exciting games and activities. Depending on your preference for each zone, you can choose from fitness trails, hopscotch and snakes and ladders among many other grid games.

 

Creative Play have been designing and building school playground equipment for over 25 years. As industry-leaders, we’ve worked with hundreds of schools, colleges and nurseries around the country. If you’d like to improve the sports facilities at your school, then get in touch with our team today and we’ll book you in for a free consultation.

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Our Shipshape Playground Expansion at Jubilee Park

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News Whitchurch3 | Our Shipshape Playground Expansion At Jubilee Park | Creative PlayTHE BRIEF

Whitchurch Town Council contacted Creative Play as they were looking to renovate one of their existing outdoor spaces; Jubilee Park Play Area. The council wanted to extend their existing play area and create a ‘dream destination’ that would challenge children’s physical, motor and social skills. Overall, the council wanted something that would provide the best value for money, durability and quality.


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For Whitchurch Town Council we were asked to provide 3 different designs to showcase what the council could achieve with the space and budget available. The selected winning design consisted of three key play pieces. Firstly, our Jungle Climber Combi would provide physical challenges for the children to conquer and encourage the development of gross motor skills. Secondly, our impressive Pirate Ship Midi Timber worked well with Whitchurch Town Council’s request to incorporate a boat theme in reference to the park’s old Canal site heritage. This also allows the children to use their imaginations and get into character, encouraging them to play and socialise together.

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A Basket Swing, with swing barriers, was also added along with bark surfacing to ensure their were plenty of play opportunities for children to enjoy.


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The installation of Whitchurch Town Council’s Jubilee Park went very smoothly and we were sure to have worked closely with the council to ensure no issues were to arise. The play area now provides the community with a great resource that children will continue to enjoy for many years to come.

Overall, it was a great project to have been a part of and the feedback has been great which is the most important thing!

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It’s Show Time! Our November 2017 Exhibition Round Up

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November was an extremely busy month for us here at Creative Play! From installing all of your playground to attending many different exhibitions and events and it has been great meeting the people we have along the way.

 

News Shows17 Farmlogo | It'S Show Time! Our November 2017 Exhibition Round Up | Creative PlayFarm Business Innovation 2017

Where: Birmingham NEC

Date: 08/11/2017 – 09/11/2017

 

 

We attended the Farm Business Innovation Show on the 8th/9th November which was a great opportunity for us to meet different businesses and assist them with increasing their footfall to their business offering our products and services! This is the second year Creative Play have attended this event and it gets better and better each year… With our Jigsaw tower standing over 3m tall, it was hard to miss us and made a great impression on the people we did meet with!

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News Shows17 Sgologo | It'S Show Time! Our November 2017 Exhibition Round Up | Creative PlaySchool Games Summit 2017

Where: The International Centre Telford

Date: 14/11/2017

 

 

As you may already know we became business members of the Youth Sport Trust this year and we are very much enjoying working alongside them to contribute to helping children lead a healthy and active life style. This gave us a great opportunity to attend the SGO Summit Event on 14th November at the Telford International Centre. We met some great people and school games organisers and it was great to be in an environment with people who are just as ambitious as we are to be supporting children to keep active and healthy!

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News Shows17 Academylogo | It'S Show Time! Our November 2017 Exhibition Round Up | Creative PlayThe Academies Show 2017

Where: Birmingham NEC

Date: 22/11/2017

 

 

The final event we attended in November was the Academies Show on 22nd November at the Birmingham NEC. We made many appointments with different academies looking to develop their outdoor spaces and we are extremely excited to be working with them and achieving their playground desires!

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Overall, we have had enjoyed attending each event, and if we met you along the way, it was a great pleasure and thank you for coming to see us. We attend events throughout the whole year so keep an eye out for next year’s events!!!!