Scarecrows depict storybook favourites
FAMILIES took to the streets of Downend and Staple Hill to hunt down scarecrows and raise money to buy some new school play equipment.
Hundreds of people went out and about in the fine weather on June 11 to 13, to track down the 76 scarecrows created by families and businesses for the Christ Church Infant and Junior schools' fundraiser.
Favourite characters from children's fiction popped up in front gardens and windows, from Alice in Wonderland and Willy Wonka to Harry Potter and Gangsta Granny.
The event raised more than £1,000, which will go towards new play equipment for both schools.
The Friends of Christ Church Junior School are aiming to raise £23,000 for a large climbing frame, known as a 'clamber stack', which includes nets and a climbing wall.
They have raised £8,500 so far.
Friends co-chair Kelly Ballard said: "The Junior school playground and field currently has very little climbing equipment. The current trim trail is over 10 years old and contains wood that is rotting and in constant need of repair.
"After the challenging year that our children have had to face, we wanted to bring something really special to the school that they, and many generations to come will enjoy."
Christ Church Junior School head teacher Pippa Osborne said: "I cannot impress on you enough the need within some of the families in our community for enhanced play equipment and time to recover from COVID.
"Our school serves a very varied community, many of whom do not have their own garden or personal playing space, which is why the offer at schools needs to be as fun and engaging as possible.
"I believe it is our duty to both educate but also enthuse every child in our care and providing suitable, safe play equipment is one of the ways we can do this.”
More details about the new equipment can be found at the school's crowdfunding page, www.newplayforccj.org. Offers of support and donations can also be made by emailing FriendsofCCJ@outlook.com.