Festival planned, as PTA up the ante in quest to raise large sum for IT upgrade

By Leah Smith in Education

Friends of Marksbury School PTA is looking to raise an excess of £20,000 towards IT infrastructure updates, a hefty amount for a small village school with only 96 children on the roll.

Christel Rees, from the Friends of Marksbury School, said: “The PTA realises that we cannot raise this money through cake sales alone, and we are trying to up the ante this year by putting on a fun(d) raising festival. All proceeds from the day will go directly towards the school IT infrastructure upgrades.”

The festival will take place on Corston Fields Farm, (the quinoa farm just behind the Wheatsheaf pub on the way into Corston) from 11 a.m. on Saturday, 17th June, kicking off with a dog show, sponsored and run in collaboration between the local businesses – Tina’s Tails, Katy Doolittles and Taylored PetCare from Corston, Marksbury and Compton Dando respectively.

Several local businesses will be taking part by sponsoring the festival and some of the refreshments and entertainment. There will be a bar, a hog roast and BBQ, quesadillas, wood-fired pizzas, teas, coffees and cakes, Pimms, candy floss, popcorn, ice-cream and tropical slushies to quench both hunger and thirst!

There will be village fete style games, including splat the rat, tin can alley, ball in a bucket, welly wanging, ring the bull, lassoo the cactus and similar, as well as bottle tombolas and a raffle.

We have a giant inflatable slide and bouncy castle, penalty shootout, obstacle course and races, tractor rides will be available, and there will be a combine harvester on the display.

Circus Fantastic will be running a free circus workshop and providing some circus entertainment on the day, as well as there being live music from Eileen Johanna, whose quartet will be playing one set of jazz and one set of 70s funk and an hour long set from a twenty-piece swing band, the Sisters of Swing, for those wanting to put their dancing shoes on!

There will be a free alley with games, such as croquet, quoits, giant dominoes, giant Connect Four, crafts tent and similar in addition to the village fete style games, as well as a silent disco and a grand raffle draw at 4 p.m., with more than forty incredible prizes to be won.

If that wasn’t enough, there will also be a variety of local produce stalls, selling everything from artisan bakery goods to locally grown quinoa, plants, children’s clothes, dog food, jewellery and more!

Christel said: “We are confident that it will be an incredibly fun day and we are praying to the weather gods in the hope that the sun will come out and ensure that we can put on a spectacular day for young and old! In the event that the weather is not on our side, we do have a back-up plan, involving the use of some barns and part of the hardstanding in the farm area.”