Meet Hope and Social, The Chickens.

This Friday Hope and Social are going to Carr Green School in Brighouse to give out 48 of the 1 million books being given out free as part of World Book Night and to meet, wait for it………….. Hope and Social, the chickens!

Thats Hope on the left.

Forget Jamie’s Dream School, Carr Green is the school of your dreams.

We have huge admiration for Lesely The Head Mistress of the Carr Green School. She has an infectious and relentless enthusiasm for doing unusual, creative and fun things with her pupils. What really inspired us was hearing first hand about the positive impacts her events have had on building individual children’s confidence, enriching their learning and giving them experiences that they will remember for a life time.

In Lesley’s own words some of the things they do;

“We try really hard to be creative – we have whole class trumpet lessons with over 100 kids playing a week – certainly wakes us up on a Monday!  We had a whole school sledging competition last Jan, with over 350 kids sledging, we bring in artists and visitors whenever we can and have just developed a fantastic outdoor classroom including allotments and are planning to run a ‘Village Show’ next year with giant marrows, maypole dancing, hopefully brass band etc (don’t suppose you fancy playing?)”

Hosting their own World Cup, Carr Greens Got Talent, making spoof videos of “Is This The Way To Amarillo”, naming chickens after a band from Leeds…. and so the list of inspiring ideas goes on!

On Friday afternoon we are going to teach the kids some Hope and Social songs, meet Hope and Social the chickens, do a mass book swap, give out 50 copies of The Curious Incident of The Dog in The Night Time, and then, with the help of the kids and 250  kazoos, we will do a gig for a group of  wide eyed parents in a last thing on Friday afternoon assembly.

Needless to say, we are very, very, very, eggcited about the whole thing.

If you want to get involved in World Book Night, and why wouldn’t you, we urge you to support you local book shop by throwing yourself head long into this lovely idea that Nicola Morgan suggested on her blog:

“One day between now and next Saturday (5 March), let’s each of us buy a book, preferably from an actual bookshop, or direct from a publisher. Any book.”

“Write inside it: ‘Given in the spirit of World Book Night, March 5th 2011 and bought from [insert name of shop] – please enjoy and tell people about it.’ And give it to someone. Anyone. A friend or stranger, a library or school or doctor’s surgery or anything. Then go home, and enjoy whatever you’re reading yourself.”

Be sure to let us know which book you choose below, or feel free to buy us one! :)


Join the discussion and tell us your opinion.

Barbara Huxley
March 2, 2011 at 12:31 pm

[not a book suggestion, But]……….I’m the mum of Rich in HOPE and SOCIAL…. just read this and thought I’d write and say, [as a former teacher] what a great school yours sounds.

Have a great day on Friday

March 3, 2011 at 1:32 pm

Ta mum.

I’d just like to say that I think it’s very telling that in order to handle Hope and Social (The chickens), you need protective gloves.

Most telling. Like a living metaphor those chickens.

Lesley Bowyer
March 5, 2011 at 10:11 pm

Thanks Barbara and an even bigger thanks to Hope & Social. You gave the pupils at Carr Green a day they won’t forget. The audio sounds incredible and we’ll be playing that for the kids in assembly on Monday.

Our staff were amazed that you all gave your time, travelled to school, provided 250 kazoos – all for 4 eggs! As Marion (solo kazoo player) said, you restored her faith in human nature.

We’re looking forward to more adventures with you soon. Just off to read Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time again – happy World Book Night.


PS We love the stickers in the books, thanks to whoever took the time to do them.

March 7, 2011 at 6:39 pm

I go to carr green we just got 7 more chickens! :) we haven’t named them yet, any suggestions?

Ben Denison
March 14, 2011 at 10:38 pm

Ha ha, glad everyone had such a good time!

Names for 7 more chickens…..hmmmm…..

You could name then after 7 of your other fav bands!

Or after the seven dwarfs

Or after the secret seven

Or after seven of the patrons of world book night:

Might be nice to find out more about those special people.

Or, erm, maybe you do a sponsored adopt/name a chicken event for easter, where people pay to get to adopt and name the chicken, and they get 6 eggs as well! All profits to the Help Japan appeal. That would be cool. But the name they choose could be inspired by music they love! Like a rock and egg roll hall of fame!

March 17, 2011 at 7:39 pm

A bit more media for you from Carr Green – The little uns singing Looking For Answers with us.
Nice one kids!