‘Barkstonbury’ festival raises more than £2k
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.
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.
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.”
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.”