At the end of August, Whithorn primary School Parent Council held a most successful summer fete to raise funds for their primary school.
The event was well attended by locals and families from the surrounding area. Whithorn and Garlieston Primary Schools will be clustered from January 2014 and Whithorn wanted to provide a great day for all ages and had laser quest and archery activities ably provided by the Galloway Activity Centre who also donated a fantastic prize of a night’s stay at their Mongolian yurt as a raffle prize. There was a bouncy castle, face and nail painting, a variety of stalls and ‘beat the goalie’, which proved popular. Mickey and Minnie Mouse provided lots of colour and cuddles as children posed for photographs as they toured the fete throughout the day. Renita Boyle, the inaugural storyteller kindly revisited the magnificent storytellers’ chair in the Community Hub and entertained the children with stories and songs. Douglas the Clown provided more colour and brought smiles to many faces as he tirelessly provided every child with an amazing balloon. The smoothie-making bike was borrowed for the day and fruit was provided by Sainsburys so that you could cycle the bike to make your own smoothie and they were delicious. The barbeque and afternoon teas were very popular too.
The Parent Council were very grateful for the huge support and assistance provided by Building Healthy Communities (who also provided free fresh fruit kebabs) and the family learning and Community Learning and Development Departments. The Whithorn Fire Brigade came along with their fire engine for the afternoon and made many children’s dreams come true when they sat in a fire engine wearing a fireman’s helmet. One child said it was the best day ever and thanked Hazel for doing the fete and an adult commented to Hazel that it was the best local event they had been to in a long time, well laid out with a great atmosphere.
Chairperson of the Parent Council Hazel Smith said: “We have been overwhelmed by the generosity of people which has led to us raising the amazing total of £1500 at our fete! We must thanks local businesses for their generous donations and raffle prizes an to parents and grandparents for their help on the day and for donations to the baking and bottle stall and to everyone for attending in such great numbers. Our parent council motto is to bring families and communities together, and we feel we have really achieved this by providing a real fun event with something for everyone to enjoy.”