This year saw a great response for donations as toys, gifts, bric -a-brac poured in and chocolate and alcohol was donated by grateful children in exchange for not having to wear their school uniform! Many of the stalls are becoming regulars including Derian House who to quote their website 'Care offered at Derian House Children’s Hospice is focused on specialist palliative respite and terminal care for children who may not live to reach adulthood.' selling their gifts, Christmas cards and calendars. Ruth Symonds of Phoenix Cards had a very impressive stall displaying a variety of goods including greetings cards, giftwrap, accessories, postcards, etc. An extra bonus was the offer if you mention St. Francis PTA when ordering online at their website: www.pheonixtrading.co.uk/web/ruthsymonds we get a 10% donation. We also had present a lovely array of wreaths from Ruth Marriner. The toys donated by St. Francis parents were on sale in the middle of the hall and some early Christmas presents were snapped up and there was bargains to be had as well. For those kids who love to read CJS Books for Kids was of interest with a fine display and plenty of different titles.
New this year was the stall selling handmade cards by Sarah Bernasconi and Shelia Wright. It drew many admirers and it was great to have something new. To emphasise the schools strong links with St. Francis Church of England Church, the St. Francis Guides were present which was popular with the children who attended. Also popular with the children was the stall manned by Miss Ryding (Year 2 teacher) and she was kept very busy. Busy was also the word to describe the chocolate and alcohol tombola as long queues formed and some were ready for a bit of chocolate or alcohol when they reached the front! Mrs Kennedy was selling staff Christmas cards and Emma and Lyn had a delicious selection of homemade muffins and cakes which had to be guarded carefully in the staff room to ensure they made it to the stall.
And if that wasn't enough there was our raffle which boasted some great prizes and helped add to the total. Father Christmas again took time out from his very busy schedule and fly in on his sleigh from Lapland to meet the children and hear what they wanted for Christmas. He was kept busy as many children went to see him in his grotto. Make sure you put Friday 3rd December 2010 in your dairies for our next Christmas fair.