Spellbinding fun at school group’s community event

Fancy dress was the order of the day at the Harry Potter-themed fair, organised by the Friends of Stobhillgate.
Fancy dress was the order of the day at the Harry Potter-themed fair, organised by the Friends of Stobhillgate.

An event to raise funds for a Morpeth school and launch a community DVD was simply magic.

Stobhillgate First School was transformed for a Harry Potter-themed fair. It offered fun and games based around the famous books and there was a fancy-dress competition.

In addition, the first screening of the Stobhill Voices documentary took place.

The film tells the story of the area through residents talking of their childhood memories, the community’s strength and hopes for the future. It also features animations by Stobhillgate pupils and archive photographs and it was produced by Collingwood School and Media Arts College.

The fair was organised by the Friends of Stobhillgate – a group of parents, staff and other friends who raise funds for the first school through a wide range of events and activities – and more than £600 was collected on the day. The money will go towards school equipment as well as fun and educational trips for the children. Owls from the Trewitley Owl Trust were extremely popular with children and adults. There was a carved pumpkin competition judged by local county councillor Ian Lindley, with the prizes donated by the Blyth branch of Asda and the Vue Cinema in Cramlington.

The winners of the fancy-dress competition were Haydon Wilson (under sevens) and Brandon Wilson (over sevens).

One of the organising committee, Helen Parkinson, said: “The children really got into the spirit of it all. We had some great entries into our fancy-dress competition and our wand making stall proved to be very successful.

“We have been very lucky to gain sponsorship for the event from local businessman Steve Abrol, owner of Auto Paint Experts, and Cramlington-based The Alloy Wheel Specialist.

“We’re also very grateful to the Stobhill Sainsbury’s Local team who manned a stall and judged the fancy-dress competition, for which they also donated the prizes.”

She added that the cakes left over from the event were donated to the nearby Terravis Park residential home.

Copies of the DVD are being sold for £1.50 to raise funds for Stobhill schools and organisations. It can be bought or ordered from Stobhillgate, Collingwood and the link shop and on December 17, The Duchess of Northumberland will select the winning DVD number – the prize is a top mini-break in Alnwick.

• Stobhillgate First School will be holding open events on Tuesday, December 2, from 9.30am to 11.30am and Wednesday, December 3, between 4pm and 6pm.