DIY Christ­mas night suc­cess

Sea­sonal treats raise cash for school funds

Blairgowrie Advertiser - - FRONT PAGE - Clare Damodaran

Blair­gowrie High School’s par­ent coun­cil held a very pop­u­lar Christ­mas DIY night at the Beeches Road school last week.

Dozens of par­ents and friends of the school at­tended the event, which raised around £700 for the school.

Those who went along en­joyed a fes­tive drink and nib­bles and were able to try their hand at some fes­tive flo­ral ar­range­ments un­der the ex­pert guid­ance of award-win­ning florist Jil­lian Page from Some­thing Spe­cial Flow­ers.

Many of those who at­tended also made a gin­ger­bread house, dec­o­rated with sweets and wrapped to take away with them, while young­sters were able to dec­o­rate gin­ger­bread bis­cuits.

There was also an op­por­tu­nity to make up­cy­cled Christ­mas dec­o­ra­tions at the event.

Pupils from Blair­gowrie High School’s choir en­ter­tained guests with a va­ri­ety of Christ­mas carols and fes­tive tunes.

There were a num­ber of com­pe­ti­tions at the event as well, with Les­ley McDon­ald win­ning the ham­per and Les­ley Bar­ton guess­ing the weight of the cake.

There was also a prize for the best Christ­mas out­fit, which was won by 10-year-old Eva Bar­ton, a pupil at Ne­whill Pri­mary School.

Ailie Cas­tle is chair of the par­ent coun­cil.

She said: “It was a fan­tas­tic night at the high school and a real team ef­fort in terms of or­gan­is­ing it all.

“On be­half of the com­mit­tee I would like to say a big thank you to ev­ery­one who came along to make gin­ger­bread houses and fes­tive flo­ral sprays.

“Huge thanks to Jil­lian Page at Some­thing Spe­cial Flow­ers for her phe­nom­e­nal in­put, to mu­sic teacher Mrs James and the school choir for pro­vid­ing the Christ­mas tunes, to Mr Ding­wall for stay­ing on and help­ing with the tidy up and to the jan­i­tor too.

“Thanks also to all the lo­cal busi­nesses that helped with do­na­tions for the evening - the Co-op for the mince pies, Gra­ham En­vi­ron­men­tal Ser­vices for the hot choco­late, and to Irvines, All Things Fair and Cor­ner­stone Deli for the ham­per items.

“Thanks to all the com­mit­tee for their sup­port and es­pe­cially Gwen for her ex­tra­or­di­nary ca­ter­ing skills.”

Jil­lian Page told the Blairie: “It was a great night, very suc­cess­ful and I thor­oughly en­joyed it.

“I was de­lighted to be asked to be in­volved, peo­ple were very cre­ative in their flo­ral de­signs and it was lovely to be part of the school again as a mem­ber of the com­mu­nity.”

And one par­ent com­mented: “It was a re­ally good night and I hope they do some­thing sim­i­lar again next year.”

Fes­tive fun Scott and Louise Wight­man with daugh­ter Rowan (nine) at the event Prize Remy (7) and Max (11) McDon­ald with the Christ­mas ham­per that mum Les­ley won at the DIY night

Tal­ented Shona Beat­tie (left) and Jen­nifer La­mond (right) made fes­tive wreaths un­der the ex­pert guid­ance of Jil­lian Page from Some­thing Spe­cial Flow­ers (cen­tre)

Cre­ative Mem­bers of the par­ent coun­cil at craft ta­bles one of the (from left) Kay McCle­ment, chair Ailie and Les­ley Cas­tle, McDon­ald

Fes­tive tunes Mem­bers of the school’s choir, with mu­sic teacher Mrs James, sang at the event

Win­ner Eva Bar­ton (10) won the com­pe­ti­tion for the best Christ­mas out­fit

Pop­u­lar Ev­ery­one en­joyed hav­ing the op­por­tu­nity to make their own fes­tive flo­ral ar­range­ment

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