Festive Fun at the Christmas Fair

The 2017 Christmas Fair was a resounding success and we are delighted to announce that we raised a whopping £5350 which we are especially proud of as this year’s fair came with its challenges.  Due to the works on the Caretakers lodge, we had to rethink the entire layout and we were a little nervous as to if it would work, but what resulted was a refreshing change with a wonderful ambience and a great flow with clear designated zones.  The Festive Zone in the snug playground had a wonderful atmosphere with the smell of mulled wine and waffles, fun photo opportunities, some gorgeous Christmas trees and wreaths and the incredible entrance to the grotto (see below photos), all tied up nicely with music by K2K Radio!  Santa’s new and improved Grotto looked INCREDIBLE and did a roaring trade with a rush-on for the first two hours and an emergency dash to “Santa’s Workshop” for more presents as we ran out (despite Santa bringing his largest quota yet)!  Meanwhile the new Pamper Zone gave adults and children the opportunity to indulge in a little luxury with manicures by Fabiana Nails and massages by Sarah Donne (both parents who generously donated their time and profits) before moving through to the Activity Zone where the kids were having a whale of a time with virtual reality, arts and crafts, pottery, human fruit machine, wand dipping, tombola and face painting.  Special thanks to Damien Healy for the virtual reality stall and Jacqui Ramrayka for the pottery (also both parents who donated their skills and profits). The final zone was the Christmas Market in the canteen with delicious food and some wonderfully presented pre-loved and new stalls with fabulous items to sell, including the ‘new’ New and Nearly Boutique which was also inundated.  All the stalls were amazing but a special Shout out to Amelie Chung, Salusbury alumni now in year 9 for once again making and selling her beautiful clay pendants.

We’ve had so much wonderful feedback and the final total reflects the lovely comments that have been pouring in.  It takes an army to put on these events and we simply couldn’t do it without all the wonderful parents and staff who help so a massive thank you to everyone who volunteered in advance and/or on the day be it collecting/sorting donations, leading on a stall, volunteering on a stall, making decorations, laminating signage, donating items, brewing the mulled wine, whipping up some delicious waffles, manning the door, taking beautiful photos, decorating Santa’s grotto, being a part of the pre-event and on the day catering team, being Santa, helping to set-up or tidy up, attending and spending money and so much more! We were so overwhelmed by the enthusiasm and gusto with which people got on board this year, you are all amazing and we are so lucky to have such an active and engaged parent/teacher body.

Finally, a special thanks to our sponsors, partners and supporters for the event:

Cameron Stiff & Co. for their continued support and sponsorship

Queens Park Station Flowers for their partnership in selling Christmas Trees and Wreaths and raising a huge amount of money for the school in the process

Sainsburys for their amazing donations of tombola gifts and mince pies

Starbucks for their generous donation of coffee to keep us all warm

Gails for their wonderful donation of a voucher for the talented Cake competition winner

Salusbury Winestore for their tombola donation and provision of excellent wines at reduced rates for our bar

K2K Radio for their ongoing support in bringing quality music to our events

Below are some highlights from the day taken by our resident photographers Lubka Gangarova and Steve Rolles (with a few from the FoSS committee – you will easily spot the difference!)

What a wonderful end to 2017, here’s to a great 2018!