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Santa's grotto at Birchwood High School Christmas fayre is a crowd-pleaser




Father Christmas held open house at Birchwood High School and helped to raise £3,000.

The Parsonage Lane secondary's Christmas fayre was an "enormous success", according to the organiser, the school's parent, staff and friends association (PSFA).

Members set up a tombola, raffle and refreshments while more than 30 stallholders sold their wares.

Five-month-old Ralph with Father Christmas, Isaac the elf, Michala and Sharon (22509066)
Five-month-old Ralph with Father Christmas, Isaac the elf, Michala and Sharon (22509066)

Santa's grotto was sponsored by Chantry Associates Ltd, Premier Contract Flooring and Décor and Belvoir Lettings Agents.

The creative skills of Mary Augustine, marketing and promotions co-ordinator at Birchwood, and her team transformed a classroom into a magical Lapland scene.

Children were able to make their own Christmas tree decorations with the help of Birchwood teachers.

William Byers and guide dog at Birchwood High School's Christmas fayre (22509056)
William Byers and guide dog at Birchwood High School's Christmas fayre (22509056)

Showtime Booths provided an opportunity for fayre goers to snap themselves with a variety of Christmas-themed props, while Woodwind of Stortford and Birchwood High School's Vocalise choir provided festive music.

Alyson Bailey, from Guide Dogs for the Blind, brought along two canine companions who were an enormous hit with children and adults alike. The Belgian Brewer offered gift sets of artisan beer and offered ale on tap.

Kate Byers, the school's community manager, said: "The total profit from the fayre was just over £2,000 and Barclays Bank have agreed to match-fund up to £1,000, which takes the total figure to approximately £3,000. This is more than double what we raised last year. We're learning as we go and are hoping that next year's fayre will be even bigger and better.

"The PSFA was overwhelmed by the generosity of students, stallholders and local businesses who donated prizes for the tombola and raffle." Katie Myers won a free house clean donated by Haus Maids, Eloise Augustine a race-for-two voucher from TeamSport Indoor Go-karting and Caroline Tooze won three months' free lessons at Sharp Shooters Junior Golf Academy at Golf World Stansted.

The 2020 fayre will be held on Sunday, November 22.


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