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A prime date in the calendar for most schools is the Christmas Fair – and in the village of Kirk Hammerton, they really know how to celebrate in style.
Plans for Kirk Hammerton CofE Primary School’s biggest fundraising event of the year are well underway, with the Friends busy making preparations for everything from Pin the Nose on the Reindeer to Name the Giant Cuddly Elf games.
However, one of the most popular crowd pleasers is the Christmas Café, which has this year received a cash boost from Linden Homes West Yorkshire – which is currently building two brand new developments in Green Hammerton and Kirk Hammerton.
Caroline Howard, chair of the Friends, said: “The Christmas Café is really popular. We sell roast turkey rolls and sausage sandwiches, homemade mince pies and hot drinks.
“Between a few of us mums, we cook three turkeys for this. We buy bread rolls from a local bakery and also have local farm shop sausages, and another of our mums makes the stuffing. The café is a big earner on the day, and the generous donation from Linden Homes will cover the cost of all the ingredients we use and makes sure we can make more profit!
“We dress the class room really nicely with tea lights, table decorations and Christmas music.”
The Fair on 3 December will also include Santa’s long list of favourite activities; external craft stalls for some Christmas shopping, hands on games for the children, Christmas themed tattoos, secret Santa room and more.
Caroline added: “The school would like to invest in bringing visitors into school to enrich the children's learning - arts/drama/religion etc which the Friends will pay for.
“We have also won a significant amount of funding to develop an outdoor classroom and nature area so Friends funds may be able to enhance this once development is underway.
“The Friends would like to thank Linden Homes for their valuable contribution towards our Christmas Fair Cafe, we work so hard to raise every pound, it is great to know that every penny from Christmas Cafe sales will go directly to Friends funds which directly enrich the children's learning and experience at school."
Entry to the Fair is free and all visitors are welcome between 12 and 2pm.
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