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Ambler’s fantastic Summer Fair raises nearly £5,000

17 Jul Ambler’s fantastic Summer Fair raises nearly £5,000

Ambler’s fantastic Summer Fair raised nearly £5,000 this year, a testament to the wonderful community we’re privileged to be a part of and to the many helpers who gave up their time to make the event a success.

The annual celebration took place on Saturday 8 July 2017 and had a ‘Carnival‘ theme to celebrate our recent Ofsted inspection, when we were officially rated as ‘Outstanding’ in all areas.

The subject was evident in the colourful bunting, vibrant gazebos, fruit-topped hats, and the rhythms of the excellent steel pan band, which all helped to bring in nearly £1,500 more than last year.

Islington’s Mayor, Councillor Una O’Halloran,  opened the fair by saying “Ambler School is a shining example of how a wonderfully diverse community working together, sharing together, and learning together is Stronger Together.”

Other notable visitors included Gunnersaurus and Thane Prince, who judged the inaugural Ambler Bake-Off competition, won by an ‘Ultimate Rainbow Cake’ conceived in honour of Pride.

One of the biggest hits was local pottery outfit Claytime, who offered kids the chance to make or break, shape a pot on the wheel and also to lob balls at old crockery for a smashing time. A ukelele workshop was provided by The Strings Club and a vibrant lightsabre demonstration from Silver Sabres.

Traditional Carnival games included a popular coconut shie, a buzz wire game, a timed playground challenge and a treasure hunt in the forest area. Right Way Sports organised ball challenges in the recently renovated football cage.

The Metropolitan Police provided a bicycle marking service (and policeman hats and riot gear for dressing up!), while Wheelytots demonstrated their roomy cargo bikes. Meanwhile, summer fair sponsors Anthony Pepe brought along a Smoothie Bike which saw thirsty children cycling for their nutritious fruit drinks!

Other refreshments included a brilliant BBQ, a well-stocked cake stall, ice cream sandwiches, fresh lemonade and fruit kebabs.

Parents and carers generously gave their time volunteering to do facepainting, henna, tiny disco, biscuit decorating, bouncy castle, tombola, and tokens stalls. The Toy Project also had a stall raising money, with donations going towards projects such as the new nursery for Grenfell Tower.

Handmade canvas artworks allowed children to show off their creative side, as did the colourful banners made on the Fair Funding for Schools stall.

Local businesses also donated generous prizes for the raffle, with enormous thanks to Zing Zing, Park Pharmacy, White Brothers Fruit and Veg, Sainsbury’s, Castle Climbing Centre, Sobell Leisure Centre, the Barbican, Odeon Holloway, Marks & Spencer, Waitrose, Cowling & Wilcox, Pleasance Theatre, Piebury Corner, Seasons and Blossoms, Ink 84, the Arsenal Foundation, To be established, Zebra hair and beauty, Godfreys Butchers, Highbury Butchers, Tiny Hair and Beauty and many more!

Please check out some of our favourite photos from the day below:

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