Community funded school fete is huge success

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Little Common Primary School enjoyed an amazing cost-neutral Summer Fete thanks to the generosity of individuals and local businesses who responded to an appeal for sponsorship.

School PTA members Mini Piper and Ebony Varney managed to secured £4,000 before the fete in exchange for sponsorship and advertising.

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The fete took a further £10,500 and after fete costs of £3,500 the event raised an incredible £11,000,

The money will be used to improve facilities and an outside play area at the primary school.

The main sponsors were Total Project Management, Hastings Direct, Greystones, Bentleys, Bexhill Motors and Lloyds Bank. Local pub The Denbigh supplied Pimms, 3663 coffee and tea and Tesco Express donated bottles of Prosecco. Local brewer Franklins supplied the beer.

The fete itself enjoyed dry weather and there were a host of attractions including displays by SAMA Martial Arts, Dance House UK, Diana Freedman Dancers, Little Common School Choir and Little Common School Violin Club.

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Other attractions included face-painting, tractor rides, a gunge tank and Punch and Judy.

School head Linda Appleby bravely volunteered to go in the stocks and be pelted with wet sponges,

Ebony Varney, from the PTA, said: “The day before the fete we had torrential downpours yet this did not deter the dedicated and determined PTA team who continued to push forward with their plans to create the most successful, ‘cost neutral’ summer fete to date.

Thankfully on the day the fete remained dry throughout and despite the lack of sunshine and the ever present threat of a downpour, many hundreds of visitors turned out to show their support.

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“Money raised will be used to directly benefit all pupils and will this year specifically go towards the refurbishment of the Foundation stage Playground.

“This school year Little Common School PTA have contributed more than £5,000 towards a variety of items, this includes: Numicon maths equipment, iPads, football posts, a whole range of books and, excitingly, the PTA are also donating £10,000 towards the full refurbishment of the school library, with work being carried out during the summer holidays.

“Key PTA volunteers who work unbelievably hard on the fete preparation, donating hours of their time, several months in advance of the fete and on the day There is a core group of us who work extremely hard to ensure the success of the fete including Mimi Jennings, Lotte Scott, Nicola Jack, Denise Wood and Jen Stratford.”

Head Linda Appleby said: “This event has been running for many years and is a real highlight of the Little Common School calendar. Many of our ex-pupils remember it with fondness and visit year after year. We are so grateful to our hard-working PTA for organising the event, which takes months of planning and preparation. We are delighted that so many local businesses have been able to support us.”

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