13.06.2011 Orchard Toys rings to the sound of children's voices!
Back in 2008 we worked closely with members of the Aquila Club, an out-of-school activity for 8 to 11 year olds, at Kinsale Junior School, Norwich. They had approached us for help with the design of a children’s boardgame they were developing as their entry in the Norfolk Food and Farming Challenge.*
Their game was designed to promote awareness of Norfolk’s fine, locally grown and produced foods and to highlight the nutritional and ‘green’ benefits of supporting local companies. Out of this original idea the boardgame Norfolk’s Fine Food was born.
The Aquila Club went on to win the 2009 Food and Farming Challenge and, later that year, together with Orchard Toys, we jointly won the category Best Industry/Education Link Award, in the 2009 EDP (Eastern Daily Press) Business Awards.
Now in 2011, an almost entirely new group of Aquila Club members are facing another challenge, this time they are putting together a cookery book. This will be a mixture of recipes from well known Norfolk people and Norfolk school children. The children’s recipes have been chosen by holding a competition for children aged between 5 and 11.
Recently they came to visit us here at the factory to talk to Heather, one of our illustrators, again seeking design help for their cookery book, and to have a look around the factory.
I’m sure you’ll all join us to wish them GOOD LUCK in their latest challenge !
*As part of the Year of Food and Farming, the Norfolk Education Industry and Commerce Group (NEICG) had launched a new Food and Farming Challenge aimed specifically at Primary School pupils.