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Annual Spring Fair


Hethersett Junior School will be holding its annual Spring fair on May 10th with one of the highlights being a special Stars in their Eyes competition for the children. 

The competition was piloted at last year’s fair and the children, who are aged between eight and 12, were so enthusiastic that organiser Chris Watt, who is also a teacher at the school, plans to extend it this year to run throughout the event. 

Mr Watt, who is also a DJ, has compered the Spring fair for many years. Late last year he had all of his disco equipment stolen, making it virtually impossible for him  to carry on.  Realising the predicament this put the school in the PTA purchased a new PA system for the school and so Mr Watt will be once again expertly compering the Spring Fair as usual. 

Another new attraction this year will be the introduction of a climbing wall, partly sponsored  by Wimpey Homes. The wall, which can accommodate four climbers at a time, will be open to all ages and will provide a challenge to children and adults alike to reach the top.  Head Master, Andy Whittle, said: “If the climbing wall proves to be popular we may look into hiring it during a school day so that all the children can have a go”. 

Other attractions at the fair include a circus skills arena where anyone can have a go at juggling, plate spinning, stilt walking and many other circus skills.  There will be demonstrations of football, tag rugby, and kung fu together with a raffle and an auction of promises.  There are also lots of other stalls and sideshows, a café, barbecue and a beer tent.  

The fair is organised by the PTA to raise funds for the extras that school funding does not cover.  For the last two years, as a Christmas treat, the PTA have subsidised a trip for the whole school to the Great Yarmouth Hippodrome Circus. 

The event will run from 11 a.m until 2 p.m with entry 50p for adults and unaccompanied children. Accompanied children are free. 

The PTA will follow the fair with a quiz and chips evening at the school on Saturday 14th June. The group is also looking into the feasibility of an ‘Antiques Valuation Day’ in Hethersett Village Hall where members of the public will be able to bring items for valuation by a well known auction house in return for a nominal fee.  

Anyone wanting more details of any of the events should contact the school on 01603 810498.