On a beautiful crisp Monday evening, we enjoyed the last event this year on the Friends of Rossall calendar – The Christmas Fair and The Square Lights Switch on. Outside, guests were kept warm with mulled wine and hot chocolate, Father Christmas did the switch on, whilst the School Junior Choir sang carols .
Following the switch on, the doors of Big School were opened to reveal the Christmas Fair – 30 stalls from local businesses displayed Christmas goodies from Cakes to Gingerbread men, fancy goods and creative prints, to sweets and cheese.
The Rossall Dining Hall provided hot food led by Tim Fletcher, and from the Friends of Rossall there were mince pies, mulled wine and other refreshments. The Junior Choir continued to entertain guests indoors singing from the balcony and thanks to the stall holders sponsorship the FOR held an excellent raffle.
Of course the star of the Fair was Father Christmas in his grotto; the grotto built by maintenance and decorated by the Art Department was the inspiration of Mrs Sarah Holder-Williams. Santa, ably assisted by the Rossall Elf, Carly Loughran, from the catering team, listened intently to the requests of the children on their hopes for Christmas (we hope their parents took note). The children left Santa happy and excited, with a gift, and of course, a precious photograph of their visit, our very own Elf Carly Loughran, played Santa’s able assistant.
The Big School decor was stunning, organised by FOR Secretary Rebecca Murdoch, with the superb help of the Friends of Rossall, the School maintenance staff, the Art and Design Technology departments, Lucy in Marketing, housekeeping and Heather and the catering team. FOR would like to thank all those involved, it was a whole School Community effort.
FOR provide at least three events per term and would like to invite anyone form the School community to volunteer to help – for further information please visit www.rossall.org.uk/rossall-community/for
The FOR focus is to showcase the wonderful School and to engage parents and children in the social events throughout the year.