School celebrates playground’s £10,000 makeover

From left, Jack Thory, Lucas Morgan, Oscar Morgan and headteacher Mark Ratchford at the opening of Glapthorn School's new playground

From left, Jack Thory, Lucas Morgan, Oscar Morgan and headteacher Mark Ratchford at the opening of Glapthorn School's new playground

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A school’s first autumn festival was a huge success.

Hundreds of people went along to Glapthorn School’s autumn fair yesterday (October 20), which was organised to celebrate the opening of the school’s playground after its £10,000 makeover. Headteacher Mark Ratchford said: “The work has opened up the playground and is the culmination of 18 months of hard work by the parents. It started with the children writing letters to local businesses, and people have been very generous with their time and money.”

The fair was organised by the Friends of Glapthorn School. Chairman Melyni Thory said: “We’ve hold events like a May fete but have never had an autumn fair before. We wanted to celebrate the end of fundraising for the playground and it snowballed from there. We also wanted it to involve all the community and wrote to the local schools, the Rotary Club and the Women’s Institute. There was a huge turnout.”

The event included a fancy dress parade, pumpkin rolling, apple bobbing, rides in a carriage pulled by shire horses and various competitions and craft stalls. The baking competition was judged by the head chef at The Talbot Hotel in Oundle, Dave Simms, and Jacqui Ludwig, the hotel’s pastry chef. The mayor of Oundle, George Higgins, cut the ribbon to officially open the playground. The event ended with 100 people enjoying a potluck supper. Melyni said: “The supper involved the whole community and the good thing was everyone took home their dirty dishes.”