Home   News   Article

Owls this for a Bishop's Stortford school medieval May fayre!




Three spectacular birds of prey took centre stage at Thorn Grove Primary School’s Medieval May Fayre.

Todd the falcon, Domino the spectacled owl and Bluebell the great grey owl delighted visitors with their display, orchestrated by the Hawkeye Falconry UK team.

Thorn Grove Primary School, Bishops Stortford. Medieval Fayre. Bluebell the Owl flies - part of Hawkeye Falconry Display. .Pic: Vikki Lince. (10702040)
Thorn Grove Primary School, Bishops Stortford. Medieval Fayre. Bluebell the Owl flies - part of Hawkeye Falconry Display. .Pic: Vikki Lince. (10702040)

The event was organised by the school’s parent and teacher association (PTA) and it was the third May fayre that Talitha Ryan, the group’s chair, has overseen. “Last year we had a sport theme and the year before we had a space theme. We try to do something very different every year,” she said.

This year’s theme was inspired by headteacher Peter Luck’s unusual suggestion. “The headmaster offered to go in the stocks, and we said we would hold him to his word,” Talitha said. “Just him and the stocks alone raised between £30 and £40.”

Thorn Grove Primary School, Bishops Stortford. Medieval Fayre. Molly (10) takes the opportunity to soak H/T Peter Luck in the stocks. .Pic: Vikki Lince. (10702284)
Thorn Grove Primary School, Bishops Stortford. Medieval Fayre. Molly (10) takes the opportunity to soak H/T Peter Luck in the stocks. .Pic: Vikki Lince. (10702284)

By holding the fayre, the PTA raised money for IT awareness education, for road safety and for the storage of equipment.

“We normally raise over £1,000 at the fayre,” Talitha said. “We make sure it’s inclusive. All the games the PTA lay on are 20p or 50p a go, so everyone feels they can take part and have fun.”

Youngsters were encouraged to don their finest Middle Ages-themed costumes to the fayre in the form of a competition. “We had dragons, knights, princesses, peasants and a ninja,” Talitha said. “The lucky winner, Herbie, won unlimited goes on the bouncy castle.”

Thorn Grove Primary School, Bishops Stortford. Medieval Fayre. Pupils show off their medieval attire with Talitha Ryan (PTA Chair). .Pic: Vikki Lince. (10702281)
Thorn Grove Primary School, Bishops Stortford. Medieval Fayre. Pupils show off their medieval attire with Talitha Ryan (PTA Chair). .Pic: Vikki Lince. (10702281)

But Herbie, the Year 1 ninja, was not the only entrant who was rewarded for his efforts – every child who took part in the fancy dress contest was given a bag of sweets.

Thorn Grove Primary School, Bishops Stortford. Medieval Fayre. Herbie (5) pins the tail on the Dragon. .Pic: Vikki Lince. (10702277)
Thorn Grove Primary School, Bishops Stortford. Medieval Fayre. Herbie (5) pins the tail on the Dragon. .Pic: Vikki Lince. (10702277)

To see more pictures, pick up a copy of this week's edition of the Bishop's Stortford Independent. To buy photographs, click here.



This site uses cookies. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies - Learn More