School ‘bash’ is smash hit as £2,000 is raised

Adults and children put on hats and boots for an afternoon of family fun at a group’s new look summer fair.

And those who came along to the Barnyard Bash at Stobhillgate First School in Morpeth also met some feathered friends as the Trewitley Owl Trust brought along a selection of birds.

Some of the visitors joined Nicole Freeman - Wallace and the Barn Owl from Trewitley Trust. Picture by Keith Robertson

Some of the visitors joined Nicole Freeman - Wallace and the Barn Owl from Trewitley Trust. Picture by Keith Robertson

Activities included pony rides, bouncy castles, hook a duck, a penalty shoot-out, a chocolate tombola, face painting and a welly tossing competition. The event, organised by the Friends of Stobhillgate, raised £2,000 for the school.

One of the main organisers, Helen Parkinson, said: “We decided to have a theme and put on more activities this year so the children would have lots of fun throughout the afternoon and it would help us to collect a big total.

“More than 300 people attended and we’re thrilled that we’ve managed to raise £2,000. We’re very grateful to our main sponsor, Cookswell Citroen in Pegswood, for its support. It also ran a stall on the day and brought along a few of its cars.

“We were delighted when the Trewitley Owl Trust agreed to attend and the children loved the talks and being able to touch the birds. We charged them for going to that area so we could make a donation to the charity.

“The cake stall was well supported and both adults and children enjoyed the crockery smash activity.

“Thanks to all the other businesses for their donations and support, including the Morpeth branch of Carrs Billington for bringing along one of its big tractors and Whitehouse Farm Centre for donating some of its ride-on tractors.”

There was a farmyard themed fancy dress competition and the winner, George Green, received tickets to see a film at the Vue cinema in Cramlington.

In addition, a ‘Stobhillgate Bake Off’ took place – it was judged by staff from the Stobhill Sainsbury’s Local bakery team. Joanne Adams won the contest and her prize was a meal for two at the Black & Grey in Newgate Street.

Roweena Hoggan, a teacher at Stobhillgate First School, said: “The new look fair was really successful and everyone who attended had a fabulous time enjoying the range of barnyard themed activities. Many of the staff came along to help out or spend their money.

“We would all like to say a huge thank you to Friends of Stobhillgate – the fund-raising they do makes a huge difference to our school.”