MSFA Christmas Market
A wonderful way to start the festive season, and this year we added a couple of extras...
On Sunday the 16th of November, the Miserden School Friends Association (MSFA) got very festive and hosted the ever popular Miserden Christmas Market.
We had a great variety of Stalls (approximately 30 in all), including hand crafted items from The Land of b, The Crafty Elf, fabulous free range and locally produced Chorizos and salami from the Cotswold Curer, delicious homemade crumbly traditional fudge from Yara's Fudge, and some wonderful Artists such as Lesley Wihl, who this year came with some beautiful tablemats and coasters with her fabulous sketches of animals.
As ever the Miserden Mums and Dads came up with the goods and provided lots of yummy cakes for our refreshments, whilst the small team of hardworking volunteers cooked bacon and made tea and coffee faster than they have ever done before - it was SO busy!
We had a children's room, which proved very successful as parents were able to let their children play some affordable pocket money games whilst they went off to browse the stalls. Games as the Chocolate Tombola, or the now infamous Christmas Tree "Pop-the-balloon" game, plus biscuit decorating were all very popular.
A couple of different things this year proved very successful - fresh crepes cooked to order (very professionally, I must say!), rather lovely Mulled Wine, all to the beautiful sounds of Pantastic, a local youth Steel Band group from Painswick, who played some wonderful music to warm the soul on such a cold day.
But the biggest difference was The Big Man Himself - yes, Father Christmas came and spent the day in his Grotto (huge thanks to the ladies who created such a lovely magical place, it really added to the atmosphere of the day), and he also came with 2 lady Elves, who made sure they noted down on a list what the children wanted from Father Christmas this year. This was a great addition to the day, and we have invited him back next year, as he really enjoyed himself, and complimented us on our school, our polite children, and the success of our Market.
The day was a great success, and I would like to say a HUGE thank you to everyone who helped us, teachers, grandparents and parents, either in the run-up to the day, or on it, or clearing up afterwards, we cannot do it without you. However, the biggest thanks must go to our wonderful team of MSFA parents...you all worked so VERY hard, with such drive and passion for our school, and as a direct result of that hard work and passion, we had over 350 visitors to the Miserden Market, and raised approximately £2,350...a WHOPPING achievement from such a small team!
So - a big thank you from me....same again next year?!
(Chair of MSFA)