2017 Summer Fair

Our annual Summer Fair took place on a fabulous June afternoon. This year the date coincided with Midsummer’s Day and St John’s Day, so there was a real atmosphere of festivity.

It was a pleasure to welcome pupils – both past and present – and their families, along with friends of Sheiling School, members of the Hatch and Orchard Leigh community and the general public. There was a wonderful array of stalls showcasing our pupil artwork from cards and pottery to woodwork and handwork. Alongside this were children’s activities, face painting and Bushcraft as well as a new addition this year – Matt and Will’s Pokemon hunt.

Thanks to everyone who worked so hard to make the event possible. We are grateful to Sarah Falber for joining us once again with her exquisite silk marbling, as well as Faye Young who added some welcome colour with her vibrant tie dye T-shirts. Thanks too to Marie, who ran a lovely stall showcasing craftwork from the Hatch. We hope you’re all free for the Christmas Market!

Frank, Fergus and Leroy kept everyone supplied with delicious wood fired pizzas. Meanwhile Sharon and Chris did a roaring trade on the BBQ, having worked tirelessly in the days leading up to the event. As ever, the ladies in the café did a superb job selling tea and cake – special thanks to Kasia for all her work in the organizing and running of the café.

A big thank you to Izzy for the loan of Florence the rabbit, who enjoyed an afternoon of continuous attention from young animal lovers, and also to Charlotte’s Tandems who we were delighted to welcome back again.

Finally, our thanks to everyone who supported our fundraising auction, especially Heidi Britton who generously donated a stunning wooden model car which she had made herself (photo below). We are also grateful to Nurseline, Tortworth Court, Sarah Wood, Debs and Martin Wilcox, Deep Blue Fish & Chips, Alveston House Hotel, Vicki Laing’s Cupcakes, Emma from Avon and Protocol for their generous contributions. We are always in need of prizes for raffles and auctions, so if you or your company would like to donate something suitable for the Christmas Market please get in touch.

Overall it was a thoroughly relaxed and enjoyable afternoon and the total takings were an impressive £1500. Enjoy the photos – click to enlarge.