Super Saturday afternoon was a great success in Haywards Heath, first at St Wilfrid’s CE Primary School, Eastern Road, and then at St Wilfrid’s Church, Church Road.
The School’s annual summer Fair on June 13 began the afternoon of events for children.
Opened by the Town Mayor, Cllr Sujan Wikremaratchi, who was welcomed by head teacher Mrs Pamela Cripps - appointed earlier this month - it drew large crowds. They enjoyed a feast of food, drinks, stalls and activities for all ages.
The Sussex Gym Academy and a cheerleading display got the Summer Fair off to an excellent start and great excitement mounted as the time for judging the Bake Off approached.
An amazingly inventive range of mouth-watering cake designs was on show - produced by the children - so the judge, teacher Vicky Price, found it difficult to pick the prize winners.
However, some of the best entertainment (or worst, for the winner!) was saved till near the end. Elected by 50p votes against stiff opposition from two other teachers and site manager Mr Darren Wood, plucky teacher Mr Kevin Nicholson gave a memorable lesson in how to be a good sport when he was ceremonially and very thoroughly gunged.
“Super Saturday Part 2” unfolded in St Wilfrid’s Church, Church Road, when the first concert in its 150th anniversary celebrations again put children in the limelight, watched and warmly applauded by a large audience of proud parents and other Friends of St Wilfrid’s from across the South East. A superb series of dances by children from Joanna Cane’s Youth Can Dance Sussex, including pieces from Tchaikovsky’s Sleeping Beauty and Swan Lake, was complemented by accomplished and very promising solo piano and violin performances by some of Haywards Heath’s most talented teenage instrumentalists. Haywards Heath composer and pianist Andrew Storey was the compere and provided accompaniment on the piano.
Report contributed by Melvyn Walmsley (on behalf of St Wilfrid’s Church, Haywards Heath). Pictures submitted by Shona Rodemark.