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Norwich City star donates shirts to Hethersett school's delayed fete

PUBLISHED: 15:38 21 September 2014 | UPDATED: 15:38 21 September 2014

Norwich City midfielder Jonny Howson with children at Hethersett Old Hall School fete.

Norwich City midfielder Jonny Howson with children at Hethersett Old Hall School fete.

Archant

A school showed how perseverance will get you there in the end after putting on its annual fete four months later than planned.

Hethersett Old Hall School fete.Hethersett Old Hall School fete.

Unseasonable May showers meant that Old Hall School, in Hethersett, had to cancel its annual fete earlier this year.

But instead of putting it off completely, the school decided to turn the spring event into an autumn one, welcoming in hundreds of people on Saturday.

Families were treated to entertainment from a Punch and Judy show, while a bouncy castle and Teacups ride were also provided.

Stalls to buy pre-loved clothes, bric-a-brac and knitted items were available, and visitors could try their hand at games such as the cotton wool challenge and Pick a Card.

Hethersett Old Hall School fete.Hethersett Old Hall School fete.

The event is organised by the school’s Parents’ Association to raise funds for school equipment and activities.

This year’s efforts were helped by the donation of signed Norwich City shirts by Jonny Howson, with the shirts up in a silent auction.

There was also a raffle and tombola.

Mary Berry-wannabes faced off in the Great Hethersett Bake Off, with entrants paying £1 per entry.

Stephen Crump, headteacher, said he was pleased to see the event bounce back from May’s disappointment.

“We had no choice but to cancel in May, but rather than put it off altogether, we thought we’d just have an autumn fete, rather than spring.

“It brings together parents and staff and provides a fund-raising opportunity for us. We’ve raised up to £4,000 before, which goes towards paying for some vital equipment like sports equipment and book for the library,” he said.

Mr Crump added that the day reflected the school’s close-knit feel.

“The original school was founded by a family, and only included family members.

“We’ve tried to maintain that feel but we now have pupils from around the world,” he said.

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