The Acorn Project

The Acorn Project was launched in April 2017 to fundraise for a new community building for Horringer and the surrounding area.


Since then the Project has raised over £155,000, thanks to the amazing support of the community!


Building work started on 20th July 2020, and the new building was formally opened on 19th September 2020! 


We are so grateful to everyone who has helped us get here.

Please see our News page for the latest updates :)

Launch of the Acorn Project, with a visit from a mini-digger:

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Community support


The Project was launched in consultation with the local community, and this consultation has continued throughout the Project, with regular updates at local events, the Community and Parish Council meetings, in the local newsletters, and through posters around Horringer.


Local support has been amazing, with nearly £2,000 raised thanks to a 'Buy A Brick appeal', and over £4,500 raised after an appeal to local businesses to 'Love Your Community' by donating.

We are also very grateful to Horringer-cum-Ickworth Parish Council for a £10,000 donation; to our Ward Councillor Terry Clements for £2,500 donation, and to the Horringer WI for a £1,362 donation.

Our fundraising events have also been well-supported, with over £22k raised from a wide variety of events:

  • sponsored Slideathons by local children

  • pub quizzes 

  • Summer Fairs 

  • sponsored obstacle races (by the 'Muddy Mummies')

  • Christmas cards, kindly designed by artist Tor Freeman

  • Crabtree and Evelyn goodies, donated to us for re-sale

  • 'Make Your Own Christmas Pudding' and 'Make Your Own Chocolate Truffles' events

  • Bubble and Magic Shows

  • and our popular Kids' Cafés.

We are so very grateful to all the local community for our support! 

Thank you!


We would particularly like to thank the following:

  • Councillor Terry Clements

  • Mrs Burrell from Ickworth Park Primary School

  • Ricky and Nicky at the Six Bells, Horringer

  • Tom and Niki Hayhoe 

  • Lisa Hasler

  • Horringer Parish Council

  • Horringer Community Council

  • Horringer and Ickworth WI

  • Horringer Gardening Club

  • Suffolk Community Foundation

  • Councillor Karen Soons

  • Plus, of course, our families and friends for all their donations, sponsorship, and encouragement!

The Muddy Mummies:

Muddy Mummies post.jpg

Project management


The Project has been managed by the Acorn Project Team, Ruth Walker and Kirsten Goodwin, two Horringer residents. 


The Project has overseen by the Management Committee of the Pre-School at its regular meetings, to ensure good governance of the Project at all stages.

For more information about the Project and its governance, please contact Ruth Walker.

The Acorn Project Team: