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ThornFest: Bishop’s Stortford primary school Thorn Grove’s first ever family music festival rocks as it raises £3,000





Thorn Grove Primary School could hardly have chosen a better day to change the format of its annual May Fayre.

As the sun shone down and the temperature went up to 22C (71.6F) on the warmest Saturday of the year in Stortford so far, the school welcomed hundreds of pupils, staff, their families and friends to its first ever music festival, ThornFest, on Saturday May 11.

Against a backdrop of live music from the main stage throughout the afternoon – courtesy of Abstract Chaos, Remedy and Hexed from Harlow Rock School plus local musician Dan Titus – the school’s grounds were packed with attractions for the whole family.

A hair-braiding stall only added to the colourful event
A hair-braiding stall only added to the colourful event

There were inflatables sponsored by ITVET, face painting, hair braiding, craft stalls, cycle tot sessions with Fox Cycling and a magic show and crowd-pleasing balloon modelling from Mr Bubbles, of Bubbly Circus.

The KidZone, featuring traditional fayre games and fun prizes headed up by nursery teacher Charlotte Jess and nursery nurse Lisa Camp, was as popular as ever.

And headteacher Peter Luck was once again a great sport for his annual soaking session in the stocks, much to the delight of his pupils armed with wet sponges.

Given the sun and temperatures, head Peter Luck was only too glad to be pelted with wet sponges
Given the sun and temperatures, head Peter Luck was only too glad to be pelted with wet sponges

One of the highlights was a dance performance by the whole school which got everyone up on their feet.

The sold-out barbecue, a licensed bar, ice cream van and candy floss stall ensured everyone was catered for throughout the afternoon.

Mr Luck said: “This has been the best event in all my time at the school.” Deputy head Jayne Lilley added: “It’s fabulous to see the school coming together to put on such a great event that everyone can enjoy. I can’t wait for next year.”

A spokeswoman said: “With some fabulous raffle prizes, including a Nintendo Switch donated by ITVET, it was an unforgettable day of fun and community spirit that could not have happened without the generous support and donations of local businesses.”

The candy floss stall had no shortage of customers - thanks to this handy stool
The candy floss stall had no shortage of customers - thanks to this handy stool

Organised by the volunteers of the school’s PTA (parent and teacher association), ThornFest raised a staggering £3,000, which will fully fund an educational workshop for the whole school taking place on June 28.

The inflatables, sponsored by ITVET, were so much fun that this dinosaur just had to join in
The inflatables, sponsored by ITVET, were so much fun that this dinosaur just had to join in
A young Spider-man fan savours his ice cream
A young Spider-man fan savours his ice cream
The crowd on their feet for a dance performance by the whole school
The crowd on their feet for a dance performance by the whole school
Face-painting extended to their hair for some children
Face-painting extended to their hair for some children
Six-piece Abstract Chaos were one of the bands to perform
Six-piece Abstract Chaos were one of the bands to perform
Headteacher Peter Luck before the start of his soaking session in the stocks
Headteacher Peter Luck before the start of his soaking session in the stocks
The volunteers of the Thorn Grove PTA organising committee
The volunteers of the Thorn Grove PTA organising committee
ThornFest was the school's first ever family music festival
ThornFest was the school's first ever family music festival

All pictures supplied by Thorn Grove Primary School



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