High Legh PTA keeps the festive spirit going with their Christmas Cracker trail

05 January, 2021

Key summary

The festive spirit is alive and well in the village of High Legh, in Cheshire. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the PTA have not been able to host their usual Christmas events, so instead they’ve held a COVID safe Christmas Cracker trail and best dressed house/window competition. Here, Emma Openshaw, Chair of High Legh Primary School PTA tells us more about their festive fundraising…

Community involvement

“With so many events and activities being cancelled this year, we really wanted to end the year on a high and have something really special for the children and the village” explains Emma. “We teamed up with the Preschool and chatted about what we could do to bring the magic of Christmas to High Legh, and decided that a trail around the local area with dressed houses and windows would fit the bill perfectly”.

Emma goes on to say “as we’re members of Parentkind, we have a PTA Events website which means that we had an easy-to-use hub to sell tickets and recruit houses (and their owners!). The event was a real success with 105 children enjoying the trail of 21 houses, raising £1000 shared between the PTA and Preschool. It was great to see pupils and their families getting involved, along with teenagers and other members of the community.”

A festive family day out

It was not just the Christmas Cracker trail with Cracker jokes that participants had to look forward to – there were also cakes for sale, a raffle and a tombola. Perhaps mostly importantly, Father Christmas made a special (socially-distanced) visit! Jenni Cookson, from the High Legh Nursery Committee sums up the day by saying “our Christmas Cracker Trail helped to spread some Christmas cheer and bring the community together in a safe way, while raising much-needed funds for both our pre-school and the primary school.”

As well as these lovely activities, the whole school have been getting involved with the festivities and there’s definitely competition in the air! “We launched #Classwars, with the help of our class representatives: each of our primary classes ‘hosted’ an idea, such as cookbooks, sponsored kindness, baubles for the school tree and tea-towels” describes Emma. “This is another great way to bring in money for the PTA and completely surprised us by raising more than the Christmas fair has done in the past!”

High Legh Primary School PTA has been raising money for a multi-use games area, which will benefit both the school and wider community. The Christmas Cracker trail has brought the team a great deal closer to their target, so we wish them every success for getting this in the new year!

  • PTA Events is a great platform for signing volunteers up and selling tickets – and it’s a Parentkind exclusive member benefit!
  • Be clear that volunteering can be a ‘one-off’ rather than a long-term commitment (although this will of course be welcomed too!)
  • Having class representatives is a great way to share the message of what you’re trying to achieve
  • Having a positive, ‘can-do’ attitude is a great help!
  • Involving the community in your activities is a ‘win-win’

Fact File
  • PTA name: HLPS PTA
  • School name: High Legh Primary School
  • Age range: 4-11
  • Country: England
  • School type: Primary
  • Size: 160

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