SECTION – Strap here

EVENTS – Success stories

sweets, bringing the total cost to around £50. We kept up momentum by putting upbeat messages on social media every day, showing pictures of the displays. To increase our reach, we shared to local groups as well. The whole community took part with gusto – more than a thousand people were involved, and we made just short of £3,000 profit. We’ve since run two spooky trails – in October 2019 and 2020. Last year’s had to be adapted. The scarecrows were sited on common ground throughout the village to avoid crowds around people’s houses. We sought permission from Environmental Services and safety advice from Environmental Health. Scarecrows were spaced out and roped off, and we put social distancing messages on the trail sheets, social media, and on signs throughout the displays. We gave treats out with the sheets and didn’t take the sheets back to avoid unnecessary handling. The trail ran for just over a week and raised a whopping £5,400!’ Tracy Buckley, committee member, Friends of Diggle School, Diggle, Oldham (170 pupils)

‘We’re marking our 130th anniversary

with a series of events’ ‘In celebration of our school’s 130th anniversary in 2020, we planned to bring the generations of our community together through the school, church, library, history society and the playgroup, which now occupies the original school building. We established a Community Partnership, formed a committee and started planning a garden party and exhibition. One of our targets was to update the school history book, which covered 1890 to 1964. Some of the village residents are past

pupils of the school and can remember what it was like in the Sixties, Seventies and Eighties, so it was important to record their stories while we had the chance. Local history author Carole Newbigging came on board to help and we were fortunate enough to receive some funding from local institutions. Planning was going well until Covid took hold and fundraising activities were rapidly curtailed. In an attempt to make up the

difference, we ran a quiz on Friday nights during lockdown using It ran for eight weeks, attracting at least 20 players per week. We could set our own entry fee and schedule the quiz at a time that suited us. It was an easy fundraiser as long as we put in enough effort promoting it on social media. The more people who entered, the higher the prize fund, and the more we raised. In total, we raised over £400.

2 MONTH 2019 48 SPRING 2021 We used some of the money to buy

commemorative badges for the children at the school and playgroup. We worked with a local designer and sourced UK-manufactured badges from Clear Branding ( On the day of the anniversary, the

children received their badges and celebrated with a Victorian Day. They dressed up in Victorian outfits and were met at the gates by a stern headmistress and assistant headmaster. They spent the day learning about Victorian history and playing games such as marbles, and snakes and ladders. We held a raffle where participants

were asked to choose a year between 1890 and 2020. Each entrant was given a pebble to decorate with their chosen year. The raffle was drawn on the anniversary, with the top prize being tickets to Blenheim Palace. We made an anniversary pebble trail and the pebbles are now being used as a learning resource to help with number ordering. Over the coming year, we plan to

finish our book and use the proceeds to fund a project of long-term benefit to the school. Local apprentice services are making a time capsule for us, and we’re trying to get in touch with as many old girls and boys as we can. In 2021, we plan to finally hold our garden party and exhibition – with birthday cake for all.’ Carolyn Jessop, 130th Anniversary project manager, St Swithun’s CofE Primary School, Oxford (450 pupils)


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