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Christmas Fayre, Friday 7 December

What happens at the Christmas Fayre?

The Christmas Fayre is on Fri 7 December this year and runs for the full school day.

In the morning the children come down a class at a time with their teacher and spend some time going round the stalls buying cakes, toys/books. From 1.30pm – 3.15pm parents and carers are invited to come along. You can pick up your children early from their class to go round the fayre with you if you want. A café runs in the dining hall in the afternoon selling tea, coffee, juice and cakes.

The money we raise makes a huge difference to the school. Last year the Fayre raised over £3,200 and over the year we raised around £7,000 in total. This helped fund playground improvements and teaching resources.

Here’s how you can help:

  • Come along!
  • Make a donation
  • Volunteer to help out on the day

See below for a stall by stall guide to the type of donations you might want to make and for details of where to drop them off.

If you are interested in volunteering to help out on the day contact Linda McCormick

Donations – what, when and where to donate


Raffle prizes are made up of donations from parents and local businesses. Past raffle prizes have included:

  • Items for a Hamper
  • Bottles of wine / champagne / whisky
  • Gift vouchers for butchers, opticians, Debenhams, cake shop, coffee shop and more
  • Hairdressers vouchers
  • Gift sets
  • Round of Golf
  • Restaurant vouchers

If you have something you can donate, please email details to & hand into the office Mon 3 or Tue 4 Dec


Higher value raffle donations will be auctioned in an ebay type paper bidding system. In the last few years these included:

  • A meal for 4
  • Concert/theatre tickets
  • Bed & Breakfast at hotel

Do you have anything that would be suitable for auction or know any businesses that might donate? If so, please email

Home Baking

Any home baking would be very welcome for the home baking stall and for the café, including:

  • Large cakes
  • Small cakes
  • Mince pies
  • Chocolate crispy cakes
  • Fairy cakes

No nuts please!! Please label any containers with your child’s name and class if you need them back

Please bring to the gym hall on the morning of the fayre

Craft Stall

Items such as knitted or sewn home made xmas tree decorations would be very welcome for the craft stall.

Please drop off in the basement from Mon 3 to Thurs 6 Dec, or bring on the morning of the fayre

Lucky Dip

Small items such as bouncy balls, small toys etc that could be wrapped up and used in the lucky dip.

Please drop off in basement from Mon 3 to Thur 6 Dec

Toys & Games

  • Cuddly toys in good condition
  • Toys & games
  • Please no jigsaws with loads of parts as we don’t have time to check them!

Please drop off in the basement from Mon 3 to Thur 6 Dec

Gift Stall

Any items in good condition that could be sold as a gift, e.g.:

  • Photo frames
  • Gift sets
  • Candles
  • Christmas cards
  • Any unwanted gifts

Please drop off in the basement from Mon 3 to Thur 6 Dec

Children’s DVDs & Books

  • New or used DVDs for children
  • Please no videos – no one buys them!
  • New or used children’s books

Please drop off in the basement from Mon 3 to Thur 6 Dec

Jam Jar Stall

  • Fill a jam jar with small sweets and/or small toys, balloons etc.

Jam Jars are sold for £2 each

Please drop off in the basement from Mon 3 to Thur 6 Dec

Christmas Fayre 2012 – we need your help!

This year’s Xmas Fayre will be on Fri 7 Dec and there are a few things you might be able to help us with.

1. Call to Craft!

We’re looking for keen knitters and sew-ers to help us to create Christmas Decorations and other saleable items for our craft stall. If you’d like any knitting patterns emailed to you, contact Alison Mussett.

2. Keep your jam jars

Following the success of last year, we’re repeating the Jam Jar Stall. At the Jam Jar stall we ask you to fill a jam jar with small sweets (and toys/small items if you want) which we’ll then sell on the day of the fayre. So save up any jam jars now!

Astroturf in the Playground

A huge THANK YOU to Martin Melvin for arranging for contractors to in-fill the eroded area of the top playground last Saturday and to all those dads (Martin, Pat, John, Grant, Les, Chris, Steve and James) who turned out on Sunday to perform the onerous task of laying the astroturf. This is what they achieved:

From this…

… to this!

Quiz Night

Thanks to everyone who came along last Friday night and/or donated raffle prizes.

Phil was a great quizmaster, Pat and Grant enjoyed their night off and we raised £347.

Playground – Help needed!

Sunday 7th October, from 10am

As part of our ongoing commitment to improving the playground we are looking for some strong chaps to lay astroturf in the top playground.

On Saturday the eroded ground by the trees along the fence is going to be in-filled and levelled by contractors. On Sunday, weather permitting, we need to lay the council-donated astroturf. The rolls of astroturf weigh one and a half tons… so we need at least 10 volunteers to complete the job. The current astroturf in the middle playground has proved extremely popular with the children. Let’s make a difference to the top playground too.

Can you help? Email Jane if you can make it.

Parent Council Meeting 10th Oct

Wednesday 10th October, 7.30-9pm in the School Dining Hall

Maybe you haven’t been along to our meeting yet… all parents and carers are welcome. It’s a great way to find out what’s going on!

We still have a vacancy for P2 rep and hope to elect a volunteer at the next meeting.

Quiz Night, 5th October

Friday 5th October, Hyndland Bowling Club, Queensborough Gardens, 7.30pm
Tickets £5
Adults only – get your sitter sorted!

The first social event of the new school year is our ever-popular Quiz Night. Regulars will know that it’s an opportunity to get together, have a drink, supper and a chat and maybe try your hand at a few questions if you feel like it.  You can take it as seriously as you want…which tends to mean two or three teams vying for the trophy and the rest just along for a pleasant night out. This time we’re giving our regular Quiz masters Pat and Grant a rest, so it’s over to Phil Taylor to see what he can throw at us.
If you’ve never been before, have a chat with a few pals and make your own team or come along on the night and we’ll find a group for you to join. Non-Hyndland parents & friends are also very welcome!  P1 parents can speak to Linda (Katie’s mum) in the P1 playground to find out all about it.
Buffet Supper is included and we welcome any contributions, savoury or sweet, you would like to bring along.  We’re also looking for Raffle Prizes.  All money raised goes to help the school.  Our current focus is playground improvements.
Tickets can be purchased from Jane in the main playground or by putting the correct money in an envelope marked Quiz Night along with your child’s name and class and posting it in the Parent Council box next to the school office.  Cash or cheques payable to Hyndland Primary School Parent Council.

Christmas Fayre 2012 Organising Committee, 3 Oct

Come along and find out about the biggest fundraising event of the calendar.
Last year the Christmas Fayre raised over £3300, which went towards playground improvements, fixing smartboards and many other things that benefit all the pupils at Hyndland Primary School.
Lots of people get involved in what is a great day.
We are looking for parents/carers who might be able to help organise the event, from sending out emails, or asking shops for gifts to sell, to helping out on the day.
Please come along to find out more, or if you have any new ideas for stalls.
If you are interested in helping out, but can’t come along to the meeting, please email Alison Mussett.
Christmas Fayre will be on Fri 7 Dec.