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It Started with a Stick… A Celebration

8 June @ 3:00 pm - 11:30 pm BST

The Sticks are packed, the sausages and potatoes are sourced and it's getting EXCITING!
I am delighted that so many people are joining me for the 15th Anniversary Celebration of 'Making it Better for Boys'

The photo for this event was taken 10 years ago. We went to my favourite woods and simply played - a fabulous photographer captured that moment and my boys – perfectly.

15 years ago ‘Making it Better for Boys’ was published and I’m so proud and humbled to say it ‘simply did what it said on the label’ and is still doing so today.

To celebrate, my boys and I are going back to the very same, very special woods to play, poke fires with sticks and take photos.

So many of people, over so many years, have been a special part of my journey, whether with my boys, my book or in other important ways - and for this I am so grateful. It has been a long journey and hopefully with much more to come.

I am delighted with the response to my invitations and we will make quite a number - the more the merrier - and these special people are coming with their children, families and friends plus some on their own who are looking forward to making new friends. This feels like the perfect celebration, a simple 'Day of Play'.

The woods are beautiful and not far from Guildford and remain one of my favourite places to go. Some of us brave ones are even camping there overnight! So, although this event states it finishes at 11.30 p.m. - in fact it will not finish until the next day!

My husband, my boys and I will be there from 3 p.m. to welcome everyone and then we will simply let the children take the lead and play with sticks... building dens, climbing trees and playing games and of course the adults can join in if they wish or just chill and enjoy the surroundings and the company.

In the early evening we will start a campfire, whittle sticks and sizzle whatever is wanted!

We will be taking lots of photos and will share them here on the website and also via Social Media - so keep following me on X(formerly Twitter), Facebook and Instagram to share in the joy and fun that we are hoping to create.

On a personal level, I am so touched that my grown-up guys have chosen to come, and I look forward to welcoming everyone who is joining us.

I have tried to include everyone, but over time email addresses have changed and so if you would like to join in and I have made a difference to you - please do contact me: Office@AliMcClure.co.uk


Chantry Wood
Guildford, GU4 United Kingdom


Ali McClure
07816 408 181
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