Pendlewood Joins the Council for Learning Outside the Classroom!

Pendlewood has taken another huge step in our ongoing commitment to enabling children to learn outside the classroom, as we have joined what is now considered the national voice for this subject, The Council for Learning Outside the Classroom.

Launched as a registered charity earlier this year, the Council is aiming to champion young people to get outside the classroom and to enjoy high quality and varied outdoor educational experiences.

By joining the Council, Pendlewood will gain the opportunity to distribute our knowledge and learn from others who share a similar commitment to providing worthy Learning Outside the Classroom (LoTC) experiences.

Pendlewood offers many great poriducts for outdoor learning

Pendlewood offers plenty of products encouraging learning outside the classroom

The Council for Learning Outside the Classroom is going to be the leading voice for LOtC, with the aim of influencing and challenging relevant policy and practice. By raising the profile of learning outside the classroom, the Council will promote its benefits and hopefully increase the number of quality learning experiences. Research has indicated that children learn best by getting out and obtaining real life experiences.

Pendlewood has been at the forefront of  outside learning and play equipment for many years and since the 2006 Learning outside the Classroom manifesto was published by the government there has been a huge expansion in our varied range. We offer a fantastic array of products geared towards outside learning, ranging from our KEW outdoor classrooms to our Storyteller’s Range to our nature play trail products.

Managing Director Alan Pendlewood was pleased to have joined the new council. He raved: “Learning outside the classroom is something Pendlewood has strongly endorsed for many years and it is most pleasing that there is now a united voice that we can contribute our ideas and experiences to. The council will no doubt champion LoTC in a manner that has previously not been possible and the bottom line here is that our country’s children are going to be the beneficiaries.

Research indicates huge benfits to children learning outside the classroom

Learning outside the classroom offers huge benefits for children

Check out our selection of Outdoor Classrooms and our Learning Outside the Classroom & Nature based products.

For more information on The Council for Learning Outside the Classroom please click here.

Government member Phil Woolas MP visits Pendlewood

Leading MP and Minister for the North West of England, Phil Woolas has become the latest big-hitter to pass through the Pendlewood gates and see our success story first hand.

All at Pendlewood HQ were delighted to welcome Oldham based Mr Woolas, who also acts for the government as the Minister of State for Borders & Immigration. The appointment was a direct result of the recent visit of Rosie Cooper, our local MP for West Lancashire, when she opened our expanded premises. Extremely impressed with what she saw that day, Ms Cooper kindly arranged to return with a member of the current government, so that they could see our progress and commitment to our customers and the local community first hand.

Alan, Phil and Rosie talking business

Alan, Rosie and Phil talk business

As you can see from the surrounding pictures, both Mr Woolas and Ms Cooper were treated to a full tour of Pendlewood’s recently expanded premises. They then discussed various topics with our Managing Director Alan Pendlewood including procurement policy, the recession and its effect on local businesses. Following this the political duo met with other Pendlewood staff to help gain a full understanding of the journey a Pendlewood product takes, from inception to completion. There was then a special presentation that took place too, when they met with your workshop apprentice Danny McMillan.

18 year-old Danny joined Pendlewood on our apprenticeship scheme earlier this year, following completion of of the Prince’s Trust Team Course earlier this year and he has already evolved into an accomplished craftsman. A file showcasing his work was shown to the politicians.

Danny shows his portfolio to Phil & Rosie

Danny presents his portfolio to Phil & Rosie

Alan Pendlewood, Managing Director, commented: “Danny is proof  that we give local youngsters a chance to get on the career ladder and realise their potential. In just 6 months he has trained up to a level where he can make some fantastic products and if he continues his hard work then he will rise right to the top in our expanding company. It’s really rewarding to help local youngsters on the right path.”

The success of the visit thrilled Alan too. He observed: “It is fantastic that word of Pendlewood’s ongoing progress has reached the Houses of Parliament and in particular politicians of the status of Phil Woolas. To have a leading member of the government come to our headquarters and see for themselves how we are successfully dealing with the recession, as well as viewing our ambitious plans for the future, is a real feather in our cap and makes that grin on my face a little wider.”

Congrats to all on the Pendlewood “Marry-Go-Round”!

There have been broken hearts a-plenty at Pendlewood HQ this summer as two of most eligible (ok, only eligible) single ladies got married!

Love was in the air as our Office Manager Julie tied the knot with her long time beau Rob in June. A honeymoon to Mexico followed, where the newlyweds topped up the tan and avoided bird flu.


Shortly afterwards our designer Jenn followed in Julie’s footsteps and made an honest man out of her fiance Neil. 2 weeks crusing round the Mediterranean followed for the lucky couple.

Our designer Jenn on her big day

We’re happy to report that married life is suiting both girls just fine, with both appearing even more content and friendly than before!

Pendlewood Managing Director, Alan Pendlewood, cooed: “I’m a hopeless romantic at heart so it’s fantastic to see the ‘Pendlewood gals’ tie the knot.  They both had amazing wedding days and looked simply divine. Both Julie and Jenn have really worthy husbands and everyone here at Pendlewood is delighted for them and wish them many years of happiness.”

As you can see from the kindly provided pictures, both our brides were in dazzling form on their big day!