On Saturday October 23rd, the Friends of St. Helen’s CofE primary school completely transformed the Wheathampstead Parish Council Memorial Hall, changing it into an impressive Circus Spectacular Ball. The event was attended by 148 people and managed to raise Ł7850, funds that will be used to supply the students with computer tablets for the classrooms.
The Circus Spectacular Ball was a unique and exciting black tie affair that managed to combine Glitz and glamour with a colourful circus flair, starting off with a lovely champagne reception that included jugglers and fire eaters who thrilled arriving guests with their very unique and exhilarating talents. During a scrumptious 3 course dinner a raffle was drawn and afterwards an auction was held for prizes that included 2 nights in a nice London hotel, international rugby tickets and receiving a delightful afternoon tea that is brought to your home by Buttercup Trading, a charming local business. The event was topped off by an evening of dancing to the live music provided by the band ‘Alive’.
Helen Caldwell, one of the many participants associated with the Friends of St Helen’s organising team, pointed out the fact that everyone involved in the event worked tirelessly to completely transform the hall, from enhancing the lighting, to applying wallpaper and hanging fabric. By the time the team was finished the hall was transformed into a circus extravaganza. The Friends of St. Helen’s, with the help of some of the guests, managed to create an event that everyone thoroughly enjoyed and won’t soon forget. Everyone was especially touched by the generosity of local businesses who donated their services including London’s own Casablanca Marquees event hire service who provided their top of the line tables and chairs hires for free.
The school’s extraordinary Ball is held every two years and the money raised during their events are used to improve the lives of their school children. The group “Friends of St Helens” is made up of PTA members (parents of children attending the school are automatically members) who are devoted to the school and have raised thousands of pounds that has been used for new school equipment and more, improving upon the school’s facilities and enhancing the student’s education. It’s remarkable how powerful an enthusiastic group effort can be, and how much it can accomplish; just ask the parents, teachers and students at St. Helen’s CofE primary school.