Candlelit Procession

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Last Monday we held our annual Christmas event – the mini-fair and candlelit procession – involving families across the whole Abbey community. Having had over 500 people reserve their free tickets, we were expecting a lively event and we weren’t disappointed!

We opened with a Christmas fair in the Junior School hall where the LIII and UII girls had set up a wide variety of stalls including lucky dips, face painting, name the bear, hair accessories and lots of delicious Christmas baking. They were joined by a book stall run by LV and by two of the LVI Tycoon Enterprise teams – ‘Whisked’ selling their superb baked items and ‘In The Bag’ with their unique handmade bags made using donated clothing. We were also, of course, visited by Father Christmas who happily posed for photos and brought additional festive cheer. 

 The Junior School stalls were in support of this year’s nominated charity – The Cowshed, which is a local charity providing support to people of all backgrounds in a time of personal crisis – and we are delighted that they raised around £500 – very well done! 

 The fair was followed by hot chocolate and carols from the Junior School and staff choirs with guests enthusiastically joining in with Little Donkey and Calypso Carol, before making our way by candlelight down Kendrick Road to the Senior School where more carols awaited. 

The evening rounded off with mince pies and mulled wine in Hardcastle Hall where the Rock Band entertained with some brilliant renditions of Christmas classics, old and new. Once again it was a wonderful way to bring the school community together at this special time of year and we would like to offer our heartfelt thanks to all the staff who made the event possible with their invaluable support and assistance before, during and after; to the parents who supported their daughters helping with stalls and ensuring everyone arrived safely at the Senior School; and to everyone who attended in such good spirit. We’re already looking forward to next year’s! 

 The TAPS Committee

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