May fair success stories
Village May fair
Lisa Moss, PTFA Chair, Headcorn School, Ashford, Kent
(202 pupils) told us about her fabulous May fair
'Every year, we run two stalls at our local village May Fair. It
is a community event, so people are generally quite keen to support
the local school. Traditionally we run a bottle tombola and a
In the run up to the event, we agree a non-uniform day with our
school and the children bring a bottle of something drinkable as
payment. We get a huge selection of donations from a bottle of
water to bottles of spirits - this really adds to the fun, as you
never know what you might win! A couple of members of the PTFA
spend an hour or so labelling up the bottles and folding tickets.
The smasher does not need much preparation beforehand, as it's
simply a case of collecting crockery than can be smashed. We
contact parents asking for donations via ParentMail and social
media. Local charity shops always tend to have old crockery,
On the day itself, we have rotas in place for our volunteers and
hour slots for everyone. The setting-up and clearing away of the
stalls takes time, especially the smasher. The more volunteers you
can get, the easier it is for everyone. This year was our best year
for volunteers, so we are hoping this continues.
Our only outlay is paying for the stall, but we have a mutual
agreement with our local Scout group (who run the May Fair) that we
only charge each other half the going fee for stalls at each
other's events. Over the last couple of years, we have managed to
raise over £500 on the two stalls!'
Mediaeval May fete
Melyni Bronson, chair, Friends of Glapthorn Lower School
(FOGS), Oundle, Peterborough (49 pupils):
'Our medieval fete was the culmination of a term-long,
school-wide curriculum project on Castles. The event began with
school children doing traditional Maypole dancing, which was
followed by a homemade trebuchet competition,which entailed
homemade catapults flinging tennis balls as far as possible!
Throughout the fête (2-5pm on Saturday 18 May), we had a variety of
medieval and traditional fête activities, including:
- Local archery club offered 'have a go' sessions (after covering
costs, they shared their profits)
- Court jester who conducted three 20-minute shows and wandered
the crowds in between
- Medieval marketplace with a selection of vendors who were
housed in traditional medieval tents
- Free swordfighting sessions with former fencing champion,
- Castle-themed bouncy castle
- Medieval arts and crafts area - damsel hats and knights'
- Plus all the usual: hair plaiting, face painting, balloon
modelling, temporary tattoos, bake sale, raffle, tombola, used book
sale, BBQ, bar, etc.
The medieval fête attracted about 500 attendees. We spent about
£500 and made over £1,500 profit. The fête was a great success
(attracting roughly twice as many attendees as the previous year).
We put this down to having a strong and interesting theme, running
an effective marketing campaign - What's On, Facebook, tweeting
local organisations and asking them to retweet, flyers in every
village shop, community notice board and preschool within a ten
mile radius, and signs on the main road. We also have a very strong
school community and a supportive and empowering head teacher.'
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