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Holly Willoughby shares sweet school photo from her childhood in Brighton

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Holly Willoughby has shared an adorable photo from her first day at Burgess Hill Girls school.

Alongside the snapshot with her sister Kelly, Holly wrote: “Me and my sis @ladywilloughby off to school many moons ago… and now it’s a new school year… perhaps there’s a new school to discover and new friends to make.

“Whatever challenges you are faced with this September… attack them with all the self-belief, hard graft and determination you can muster… you’ve got this guys! Join me and go #Back2School today with @DianaAward @AntiBullyingPro and share your advice and school photo with #back2school xx.”

Last week was a big one for Holly. On Monday, her youngest child Chester, four,

started school for the first time.

The This Morning star, 38, shared a photo with her fans, showing her doing the school drop-off with her little boy.

“And he’s off… full of a whole host of emotions watching him walk through the classroom door… my baby is growing up… thank you @thismorning for moving heaven and earth so I could drop him off… that’s a day we will both never forget,” the mother of three wrote.

Luckily for Chester, the new schoolboy was joined by his older siblings Harry, ten, and eight-year-old Belle.

The bittersweet post comes after Holly shared a photo of her children’s shoes lined up by the front door on Sunday night. “Back to school… who else’s front door looks like this… Big day for Chester tomorrow, 1st day of school… Good luck to anyone else starting their school journey… can’t believe he’s at this stage already,”

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Brighton music education project awarded £15k to support young people

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A MUSIC education project for disadvantaged children has received a grant of £15,000.

Brighton Dome and Brighton Festival’s music education service, which is led by Brighton and Hove Music and Arts (BHMA) received funding from the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation to support children who do not have access to making music.

The SoundCity Young Musicians Bursary Scheme provides high quality, free or low-cost music education and performance opportunities for young people aged between five and 19 who are in care, or whose families are on low incomes.

The grant is one of 16 awarded by the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation to projects which increase diversity in the arts.

Peter Chivers, director of BHMA, said: “This grant will enable us to continue providing high quality and inclusive music education and performance opportunities for children and young people across the city, who want to create music but might not have access because of social or financial constraints.

“We want to give children the chance to grow their creative talent regardless of their background and ability.”

Each year, 37,000 people benefit from BHMA’s creative learning opportunities, open days and music service in the city.

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Ten-year-old trombonist excited to join national orchestra

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A YOUNG trombonist has been invited to join the National Children’s Orchestra.

Ten-year-old Daisy Hogan was inspired to take up the instrument four years ago after hearing a fellow student at Burgess Hill Girls School play the Looney Tunes theme on a red plastic trombone.

Now Daisy has successfully auditioned to play in the under-tens group in the National Children’s Orchestra (NCO). Throughout the year she will be able to play in regional rehearsals and attend a residential camp, where she will perform with the NCO in concert.

Her mother Rachael Hogan said: “We are so proud of Daisy’s achievement.

“She loves making music but also works very hard at it, so this has shown her that the time she has spent practising has really paid off. We are also very grateful to Burgess Hill Girls for enabling her to experience different instruments and receive first rate tuition from the amazing peripatetic music teachers.”

Daisy said: “I’m really excited to be playing in the NCO. I’m most looking forward to making new friends and playing lots of different types of music on our residential camp.”

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Young Hove gymnasts win regional champion titles

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GYMNASTS have walked away from a competition with six regional champion titles.

Members of Dyson Gymnastics Club in Hove competed against ten other clubs at the annual South East Regional Tumble Championships in Kent.

The competition saw more than 235 gymnasts vying for the title of regional champion.

Seventeen gymnasts from the Hove club took part in the competition.

Eight members returned with a medal, with six gymnasts winning a gold in their category and gaining the title of regional champion.

Gold medallists were Cai Salmons, Indiana Sneath, Libby Perry, Sunny Kohler, Bethan Salmons and Theo Reason.

Flair Englishby was awarded a silver medal and Betty Geary came home with a bronze. Both gymnasts faced tough competition from some of the best tumble gymnastic clubs in the South East.

Dyson Gymnastics Club has a team of 17 coaches who tutor children aged between three and 18. More than 650 children are registered with the club, which is based in Glebe Villas Hall in Glebe Villas, and offers floor, vault, beam and trampette skills training.

The club provides recreational classes as well as competitive squad sessions, and covers a range of disciplines including tumbling, general, artistic and acrobatic gymnastics.

Head tumble coach Kerry Anderson said: “We are extremely proud of our gymnasts’ achievements.

“Having six regional champions in the club is testament to all the hard work and the commitment shown by our gymnasts and coaches.”

Dyson Gymnastics Club has successfully competed in a variety of regional and national gymnastics tournaments including tumble, floor and vault and acrobatics competitions.

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