About Christine

Christine is Able Canopies' Marketing Assistant Manager and is an advocate of outdoor learning. She is a big fan of fundraising and is always looking for fresh fundraising and outdoor learning ideas to share.

A Shade Sail That You Can Use All Year Round

Shade sails are often referred to as sun sails or sun shades simply because they were originally designed to provide protection from the sun only. However, we have found that our customers are looking for structures that provide protection from the rain too, that’s why we have added the Banbury Waterproof Shade Sail to our range. The Banbury is a commercial grade waterproof shade sail that provides protection from both the sun and rain, enabling you to use it all … Continue reading

Ideas For Outdoor Play

Are your students playing the same outdoor games? Do you want to introduce them to new ideas, games and activities to broaden their experiences and improve their learning opportunities? Here are some great options you could add to their play. A Mud Kitchen This is a favourite of many children because it is messy and fun. You don’t even need much, a simple play kitchen, some old pots and pan or other accessories and some water and mud. Children can … Continue reading

Four Plastic-Free Easter Crafts for Schools

Is the use of plastic with your seasonal crafts starting to play on your mind now that the media are showing us just how bad our single use plastic lifestyle is affecting the environment? If so then that’s brilliant, just remember you can still help your pupils create fun, seasonal crafts that they can take home to their parents or keep at school. There’s an abundance of eco-friendly seasonal activities and crafts you can make with your pupils and as … Continue reading

New Canopy Product Brochure Now Available

With the new year comes a new brochure for Able Canopies and we are extremely excited to be able to share it with you. Taking inspiration from the saying “If it isn’t broke, don’t fix it”, we decided to keep the same great layout as our previous brochure, yet updated the products and added some fantastic new installation photos. This gives the brochure a fresh new feel and ensures it is up to date with new products, discontinued products and … Continue reading

2019: A Bumper Year for the Coniston Wall Mounted Canopy

Firstly, I’d like to wish you all a Happy New Year, I hope that you’re all feeling refreshed and ready to take on the world after a well-deserved break. Upon my return to work, I quickly got stuck straight back into statistics as I do love a good comparison with the previous years. My first report was to see how many Coniston Wall Mounted Canopies we installed in 2019. I was pleased to discover that we’ve had a pleasant increase in … Continue reading

First Look Photos: Hailsham Community College Primary Academy

In August 2019, we installed a mammoth of a canopy at Hailsham Community College Primary Academy in East Sussex. We are working on a full case study which will be available soon however, we couldn’t wait to share the finished photos with you. The canopy is a whopping 75 metres long with a 3 metre projection. Although it is a bespoke canopy, the design is based on the Coniston Wall Mounted Canopy and features large steel beams that slice through the … Continue reading

A Premier installation

PDR Construction approached us to tender for the entrance canopy works at a brand-new building they were constructing for the Premier Inn hotel chain in Haywards Heath, West Sussex. The canopy requested by the architect working alongside PDR Construction was of a similar specification to our Kensington Wall Mounted Entrance Canopy, so we therefore put this product forward in our tender. The Kensington Wall Mounted Entrance Canopy features a galvanised steel frame which can be powder coated in any RAL … Continue reading

Another Fire in High Rise Accomodation Raises Concerns

In November (2019) another fire broke out on a multiple occupancy high-rise building; flames tore through a block of student flats in Bolton, Greater Manchester. Thankfully no one lost their lives however, two people were treated at the scene by paramedics. The incredible lifesaving work from 200 fire fighters and 40 fire engines managed to prevent another mass tragedy however, it begs the question, why are these buildings still covered in flammable materials? This situation could have been prevented; with … Continue reading

Play & Learn Outdoors | December 2019 | Issue 1.7

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Welcome to the December edition of Play & Learn Outdoors, I hope the new school year has been a successful one so far with many triumphant fundraising events and positive parent evenings. Over the past 3 months, we have rounded up the latest news from the Able Canopies HQ along with our usual tips, tricks and ideas. We have another bumper issue this month so there’s plenty to read including everything to do with outdoor learning and play, as well … Continue reading

Dates for Your Diary December 2019 – February 2020

Don’t miss out, make a note of these dates in your diary pronto! There seems to be an awareness day or week for most things these days and it’s easy to miss the ones that might be useful for schools and provide the opportunity for a different teaching and learning experience. We have shared some upcoming dates with you below from the big and obvious through to the smaller and less well-known, either way, there is plenty going on this time … Continue reading