Introducing Ellie

imageThank you so much to Ellie for this beautiful photo of her fist riding lesson. Ellie is a young carer and we are delighted to be able to fund riding lessons for her at a local riding stables. We are really enjoying hearing all Ellie’s news and look forward to hearing more about her riding progress in the future, it certainly looks as though she is having a great time!

Many thanks to Strings Incognito


We had a wonderful afternoon in Calne last Sunday, with beautiful music from Strings Incognito and lots of tea and cake! There was also a fabulous colouring competition for children to take part in during the music. Congratulations to Amelia and James who both won a family ticket to see The Snow Child at The Rondo Theatre, Bath, this Christmas.

We are very grateful to Nicola Ashton and Catherine Oliver for all their hard work in organising this wonderful event, which raised a fabulous £250! Thank you both so much.

The Snow Child

imageJemima’s Gift is delighted to be sponsoring The Snow Child, a beautiful live show at The Rondo Theatre, this Christmas. The show is interactive, multi-sensory and inclusive. It will feature Makaton in all performances and there will be specific British Sign Language performances as well as more relaxed shows where movement and noise within the audience will be perfectly acceptable. There will also be “Big Scream” events catering for families with very young children.

Butterfly Psyche Theatre approached us for help to improve access to their performances for families who have children with additional needs. We will be providing funding for a “breakout space” to provide a comfortable oasis of calm during performances, this will enable anyone who feels overwhelmed by what is happening on stage to take some time to relax outside the main auditorium, together with iPads to enhance the experience of the children using the space.

The exciting news is that we have 2 sets of Family Tickets to give away and will be awarding these as prizes at the Strings Incognito concert next Sunday afternoon, at Calne Town Hall. Come along at 2pm and do some colouring during the music for your chance to win!


Concert in aid of Jemima’s Gift


Do come along to this very informal string orchestra concert given by Strings Incognito in Calne Town Hall on Sunday 1st November.

There will be a very special treat for oboe fans – Gabriel’s Oboe with a soloist guest appearance!

There will also be tea, cake and a very exciting children’s art competition with fantastic prizes – see you there!

Congratulations Lily and Emma


Well done to Lily and Emma, both chosen to play in the ABRSM High Scorers’ concert in Chippenham on Saturday. This concert is given by students who have done particularly well in their music grade exams. Lily played Themes from Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf, a piece from her Grade Three bassoon exam. Emma’s piece was Allegro from Concerto in Bb by Mozart, and was one of her Grade eight pieces. Both girls gained a distinction in these exams and played very beautifully in the concert. We were very proud to listen to them, knowing that Jemima’s Gift has helped them in their musical careers.

Jemima’s gift to Cara

DSC_2596Being called to the Head teacher’s office is not always a pleasant experience, but it certainly was for Cara last week! She had received a very special delivery and sent us these lovely photos of her opening the package.

We are sure that Cara’s new laptop will support her learning and are especially grateful to Appleford School for uploading the software that she needs to help with that.

Cara and her family have been a great support to Jemima’s Gift over the past 2 years and we wish her every success in her education.



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