Christmas Market Starts School Festivities
Monday, 01 December 2014
The Old Girls’ Christmas Market was a spectacular affair which filled the Arts Centre and Riley Sixth Form Centre with festive cheer. The event, aimed at shoppers looking for something a little different or unusual, included a wide variety of stalls.
In the Arts Centre, visitors were provided with a warming glass of mulled wine – or hot Vimto for those under the age of eighteen – and a mince pie before being invited to browse the fantastic array of stalls.
There really was something for everyone, with a great many hand-crafted items on display. There were food stalls, offering a wide selection from delicious cheeses and chutneys to pork pies and sausages. There was even some wine-tasting going on. Clothing for both adults and children was also available, including a selection of delightful princess gowns in a variety of colours, which was a huge hit with the young girls! Handbags, candles, material and buttons, children’s books, carved figurines, candles, jewellery and pottery were displayed throughout the Arts Centre for shoppers to browse. There were also Christmas-themed stalls selling cards, decorations, and even custom crackers!
The Parents’ Associations had taken over the Leverhulme Suite in the Riley Centre with a variety of stalls, including a sweet stall that was very popular with the younger shoppers! They also sold the first batch of Bolton School Honey, produced on-site by the Boys’ Division Bee Club’s hives, and a selection of Bolton School puddings produced by the Ultimate Pudding Company in Kendal.
The Riley Centre also became home to Father Christmas himself for the day! He and his elf delighted youngsters throughout the afternoon in his special grotto, which was decked out with presents, a Christmas tree, and even a reindeer!
All of the money raised on the day will be split between the School’s bursary fund and the Old Girls’ chosen charity, which this year is Classrooms in the Clouds. The charity operates in the Everest region of Nepal to support education by sponsoring teachers and building classrooms.