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This project will only be funded if at least £5,000 is pledged by December 21st 2019 at 12:00pm

We’re moving our bookshop to a more accessible space for every member of the community. We want you to be a part of the next chapter.

by Chicken and Frog Bookshop in Brentwood, England, United Kingdom

New stretch target

Our initial target covers part of the project’s overall cost, meaning that we would need to secure  (expensive) bank funding for some of the overall cost. With your continued support we could focus on filling the shop with more beautiful books and comfy furniture!


We have been given a wonderful opportunity to re-locate to Crown Street, the independent hub of Brentwood. Not only does the premises offer us more space for events, but it also has step free access, which we are so passionate about. The new location is situated opposite Chatham Way Car Park, in a pedestrianised street. It’s perfect!

However, moving has costs and we are asking for your support. The less we have to borrow, the more amazing we can make our new home.

The story so far


We first opened our doors in October 2012, after years of wistfully dreaming and quite a lot of procrastinating. Chicken and Frog is a family owned and run business, with three generations often found under its roof. 

Our primary goals have remained constant:

  • To introduce families to the wonderful world of books
  • To provide a welcoming space for all
  • To work alongside schools, charities, community groups, local businesses and beyond, to create a sense of community within our beautiful town

Along the way, we have forged strong relationships with customers and the community as a whole. This is something that we will continue to do, for as long as the people of Brentwood want us! 

The world of stories allows us to be creative with what we offer, including book clubs for children and adults; a creative writing club; in-store and school author and illustrator events; town-wide events such as the Brentwood Town Centre Santa Hunt; Get into Arts Festival with Brentwood Theatre; sensory story-time; two Christmas grottos; Rhythm and Rhyme for pre-schoolers…the list goes on and we love everything that we provide for you.

The next chapter

To make our dream a reality we need to ask you to be involved, which is why we’ve created this crowdfunding campaign.

In our new home, there will be more room for books, but also a space to relax with a cup of tea. Those of you who have been part of our story for a while may remember our lovely 'Elmer' sofa. Sadly, we had to let it go when we added in a cafe corner to help cover the cost of rising rent. But, when we move, we will have space for a cafe corner and a sofa! Is there anything better than sinking into a comfy chair, with a cuppa and a book?!

A focal point for the new space will be a bespoke counter, made to look like a pile of books. These are the very rough sketches, to whet your appetite:

The tuition centre will also be moving into a bigger, more versatile space, which will be made available to community groups. We already have plans to host the Town Twinning French Group and Chapters Storytime Club, and would love to welcome more people to the space during the week. The room is easy access and even sound proofed, which means that children with sensory needs will feel more relaxed, as there will be less distractions.

Imagine a space that is accessible to all. That's what we are going to provide for anyone who wants to visit us.

Thank-you so much for your support in our journey so far, we're looking forward to sharing the next chapter with you.

Mr Frog & Mrs Chicken

(AKA Jim and Natasha)

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£20 or more

£20 Reward

You will receive a limited edition Chicken and Frog badge and a thank-you on our website, plus a gift-wrapped paperback book to delight your imagination.

£1 or more

£1 Reward

Our heartfelt thanks! We look forward to seeing you in our new home.

£10 or more

£10 Reward

You will receive a limited edition Chicken and Frog badge and a thank-you on our website.

£50 or more

£50 Reward

You will receive a limited edition Chicken and Frog badge and a thank-you on our website, the name of your choice on our celebratory plaque, plus two gift-wrapped paperback books to delight your imagination.

£100 or more

£100 Reward

You will receive a limited edition Chicken and Frog badge, a thank-you on our website, the name of your choice on our celebratory plaque and a 15% discount card for one year (non-transferable).

£300 or more

£300 Reward

You will receive a limited edition Chicken and Frog badge, a thank-you on our website, the name of your choice on our celebratory plaque, plus a 10% discount card for life (non-transferable).

£300 or more

3 of 10 claimed

£300 Reward

You will receive a limited edition Chicken and Frog badge, a thank-you on our website, the name of your choice on our celebratory plaque, plus a half day creative writing or interactive story sessions at a local school of your choosing.

£500 or more

£500 Reward

You will receive a limited edition Chicken and Frog badge, a thank-you on our website, the name of your choice on our celebratory plaque, plus a 15% discount card for life (non-transferable).

£1,000 or more

£1000 Reward

You will receive a limited edition Chicken and Frog badge, a thank-you on our website, the name of your choice on our celebratory plaque, plus a 20% discount card for life (non-transferable).


Let's make 'On the move' happen

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