Families, charities, clubs and other local organisations turned out in force last weekend for the eighth Four Oaks Community Fair. Even a spot of rain could not dampen their spirits – especially when the loveable Lollipop Ponies trotted out in their party wear.
The popular event, which took place at the outstanding Arthur Terry School, featured an array of stalls, entertainment and refreshments. Local businesses were also present, as well as Royal Sutton Coldfield Town Council – which funded the fair. In addition, there were a variety of services offering advice and support for families and young people across Sutton Coldfield. Future teachers had the opportunity to meet the team from the Arthur Terry National Teaching School (ATNTS).
Sue Bailey, assistant headteacher at Arthur Terry School and strategic lead for Sutton Locality Children’s Centres, said:
It was a fantastic day and we would like to thank everybody who came out to support us. Four Oaks has a strong community spirit and the Arthur Terry Learning Partnership is proud to be at the heart of this.”
Highlights included performances by Sutton Choirs, Hill West School and Moor Hall School, while Prima Divas sang to raise money for Mere Green 0-5 Pre School Playgroup. There was drama and dancing, as well as archery, rugby and football.
Under-fives enjoyed a range of activities, including face painting, soft play and a bear hunt, with the Four Oaks Pre School Playgroup’s Playdough table drawing quite a crowd. Kidslingo was one of the four children’s activities offering a free taster session. Four Oaks Toy Library boasted the popular Teddy Tomobola and Four Oaks Children’s Centre tooth brushing stand brought a smile to young faces.
Six charities, including St Giles, attended the family-friendly event. One enterprising Arthur Terry student’s water bead stall was so popular that he donated takings to Macmillan, which raised more than £100 at the fair, taking the school total to just over £500.
Some of the other fairground attractions included virtual cycle racing from former Arthur Terry student Andy Collis whose new bike shop Bicicielo is set to ride into Mere Green on October 23.
Fruit tasting was also on the menu, thanks to Moor Hall Hotel and Spa, which kindly donated its proceeds to the school.