Wonderful new cafe at Woodfield School, thanks to Wooden Spoon Hertfordshire

Staff and volunteers from Wooden Spoon turned out in force recently to celebrate the official opening of the Wooden Spoon Cafe at Woodfield School in Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire.

Woodfield School supports pupils aged 3–19 years, with severe and complex learning difficulties. The school actively encourages family and friends to be involved with all aspects of school life and work in partnership with parents/carers, enabling the pupils to realise their full potential.

Our Honorary President for Wooden Spoon Hertfordshire, London Irish Fullback Ben Ransom, opened the project, supported by founding members of the Hertfordshire committee Mark & Heather Elliott.

This is the 18th project the regional volunteers have supported since the committee started in 2003.

Regional Chairman, John Batters, gave his sincere thanks to supporters of Wooden Spoon for helping to raise an amazing £20,000 of funding for the project. Particular thanks went to supporter Steve Barker, who in his role as Captain of the EPIC (Every Professional In Construction ) Golf Society, had raised a staggering £15,000!

Beverley Hamilton, Deputy Head of Woodfield said; “Woodfield School are extremely grateful to Wooden Spoon Hertfordshire for the addition of the Wooden Spoon Café at our special school. It will provide an invaluable opportunity for the pupils to gain life skills and social interaction in a real environment. For some of our older pupils there will also be work experience opportunities in food preparation, serving and cleaning.”

She added; “This has been the culmination of much planning and anticipation and we are extremely excited at the opening of this facility which will have such a positive impact on the school curriculum.”

We look forward to hearing about how the cafe is making a difference for the school and all the pupils!