‘Barkstonbury’ festival raises more than £2k

Barkstonbury: the school choir performs
Barkstonbury: the school choir performs

Music festival ‘Barkstonbury’ raised an incredible £2,000 for Barkston and Syston Primary School last Sunday.

The event was organised by the schools PTA group, Friends of Barkston School (FOBS) – its purpose is to raise funds for the school to enrich the learning of the pupils.

Barkstonbury: headteacher Sally Anne Caunter in the stocks

Barkstonbury: headteacher Sally Anne Caunter in the stocks

Live music was provided by Kelly Borkertas of Ultra 90s, Andy White from Jump, Jive and Swing (also a teacher at the school), the school choir and the Past and Present Choir, along with a number of pupils singing solo.

Local businesses supported the event by providing raffle prizes, of which there were over 30, and the three-hour event raised over £2,000.

Signs Express provided signage, and Cinderellas Costume Hire provided a mascot for the event.

Aside from the high standard of music which was on display all afternoon, festival-goers enjoyed a licensed bar and burgers and hot dogs from the barbecue.

Barkstonbury: tombola

Barkstonbury: tombola

The children bounced happily on the bouncy castle, while traditional festival games included splat the rat, skittles and jenga.

A highlight for many of the children was being given the opportunity to throw wet sponges at headteacher Sally Anne Caunter as she entered the stocks.

Ruth Clements, of FOBS, said: “The event was amazing a huge success and everyone had so much fun.

”The school is so lucky to have such a wonderful headteacher who allowed us to trial a new fund-raising event, and of course for braving the stocks.”

Barkstonbury: Kelly Borkertas performs.

Barkstonbury: Kelly Borkertas performs.

A small group of parents worked tirelessly for about six months organising the festival.

They hailed it a “huge success” and promised it would return next year.

Ruth added: “It was a lovely opportunity for pupils, teachers and parents to gather socially to provide closer links between home and school.”