Community fair to raise vital funds for small village school children

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles at the 2015 Little Melton Primary School May Fair. Picture: JESS COLE

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles at the 2015 Little Melton Primary School May Fair. Picture: JESS COLE - Credit: JESS COLE

Darth Vadar, Storm Troopers, reptiles and a talent show will be just some of the attractions at a vital school fundraiser.

The annual May Fair for Little Melton Primary School (LMPS) is happening on May 13 from 11am-3pm, and has been organised by the Friends of Little Melton Primary School.

As well as raising money for charity, the event raises funds for school clubs, extra-curricular activities and trips, refurbishing the library and an interactive whiteboard, among other school-related items.

Chairman of the LMPS friends group, Jess Cole, from Little Melton, said: 'Because funding has been cut within the school the friends group and Little Melton May Fair is a vital support. The school is really grateful for the work of the friends. The teachers see it as a really valuable resource.'

She said headteacher Alex Pritchard was dealing well with the budget cuts - common with schools across the country - but it remained a 'juggling act'.

In March, headteachers of hundreds of Norfolk's primary and secondary schools warned of an 'imminent' crisis, in hard-hitting letters sent to parents and carers.

Part of it read: 'We are writing to you because we are gravely concerned about the impact of the new funding formula on our school, and the general welfare of our children, young people and families.

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'The government is seeking to promote a funding formula across the country and, as with any change, there are winners and losers...many schools are facing real terms funding cuts because the costs associated with running a school have increased.'

Mrs Cole, who works for Shire pharmaceutical company and has two girls in the school aged six and nine, added: 'Having that ability to support the children with extra curricular activities is crucial. The extra activities offered by the school have enriched my children's education.

'They provide a creative output for children and being able to offer them is fantastic.

'Having an active parents' group to raise money is important for a school.'

The group raised £9,400 last year and last year's May Day fair raised £4,397.

This year's fair is happening on the school grounds and costs £1 for adults. It is free for people aged 16 or under.

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