Fun and fundraising

The sun shone for a fabulous afternoon of fun and frivolity last Friday as all at Packwood enjoyed the latest in a series of celebratory events to commemorate the school’s 125th anniversary.

The Plant Sale and Fun Afternoon was a huge success and the fine weather and prospect of a long Bank Holiday exeat weekend ensured smiles all round.

There were plenty of traditional attractions – Tombola, Lucky Dip, Coconut Shy, Splat-the-Rat, Welly Throwing and Hook-a-Duck to name just a few. A helicopter from RAF Shawbury drew lots of attention, as did the bouncy castle, face painting and the chance to bash a friend with a huge, foam- filled cylinder in the effort to knock them off a plinth. A highlight of the afternoon was undoubtedly the Donkey Derby – a series of highly competitive races with children of all ages urging their mighty steeds on down the short sprint to the line.

Fittingly for the early May date, the afternoon began with a wonderful display of maypole dancing by the Acorns. Their faultless performance was credit to their many hours of dedicated rehearsal (and to the patience and fortitude of Miss Willis!)

The games and sideshows were busy all afternoon and the plant sale saw a roaring trade with plants and garden ornaments snapped up by a succession of keen gardeners. Busiest of all may well have been the tea tent where guests enjoyed much-needed refreshments and were entertained by some of Packwood’s fine young musicians.

The Headmaster, Mr Smith-Langridge, who organised the event, commented, “There was a great atmosphere throughout the afternoon and it was wonderful to bring the Packwood community together for such an enjoyable occasion.”

All the fun was in a good cause as well with proceeds from the afternoon going towards the 125 Appeal fund for the development of Packwood’s science facilities – a worthy and long-lasting legacy of this anniversary year’s celebrations.