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Summer Fair Posters !

It really is the final

cSomeone asked today if this was Mr Jones. How disrespectful!ount down to the Summer Fair now. We have nearly 100

Someone asked today if this was Mr Jones. How disrespectful!

people signed up to help on the day and there

is lots of activity behind the scenes to ensure we are ready to give everyone a day to remember – under a blue summer sky we hope.

To ensure we have as many people as possible there to enjoy what we have on offer, can you help by downloading a poster (or two, or three) and displaying it in your window?

Here are the posters. There are three to choose from. Hope you like them. It’s our very own Guy Parker Rees who did the pictures as he did before for theAdvent Fair.

Just click on the links of the posters – choose the ones you like and away you go.

Due to a technical hitch which also involves me being out of action tonight serving tea for the new Balfour parents (so can’t fix it right now), the other posters aren’t here and this is not a clickable link. If you past the above into your browser, you should find a downloadable copy of one of the posters. If it doesn’t work or if you want a different one, check back here tomorrow PM when I should have got it fixed. Apologies. If you are desperate for a colour poster (and why wouldn’t you be?) email me on and I will send you them on.



Bright spring sunshine meant there was nowhere to hide for those cheeky chicks!

Bright spring sunshine meant there was nowhere to hide for those cheeky chicks!

Cheeky chicks snuck their way into the Balfour Infant and Junior school playgrounds and fields on a lovely sunny Thursday 2nd April.

In this second year of BISA and the FBA running an Easter event together, children from reception up to year 6 chased around together looking for those mischievous little birds.

Once all 10 had been tracked down, everyone got a chocolate egg and the chance (in the case of the infants) to have a good explore of the Balfour Junior playground. Meanwhile, teas and coffees kept mums and dads refreshed after all that hard work.

And while the year 2s got a chance to explore their 'new' school, junior school children got to revisit old infant haunts

And while the year 2s got a chance to explore their 'new' school, junior school children got to revisit old infant haunts

All good fun but also a useful ‘transition’ event. With the good news that Balfour Juniors will be four form entry, like the Infant school, a year earlier than planned, from September this year, those coming down the hill when the go up a year got a chance to get a feel of the place.

While we used the event to raise some funds for bo PTAs, as ever, the hoards paying their £2.50 plus the teamwork to get this organised also demonstrated what a fab community we belong to.


ho-ho-hoI know – unheard of. But I am truly speechless. The Advent Fair… Well. What can I say. A turnout beyond our wildest dreams (or nightmares in the week before the event). At one point I went to go into the sports hall, turned around and came back out it was so packed.

Meanwhile, in the dining hall, the Winter Pimms was pouring down thirsty throats and washing down the hundreds of cakes brought in for Barbara to sell. Thank you Jo Hall for giving us her secret Pimms recipe (which entailed her pointing out that how to make it was written on the side of the bottle).

It’s now Wednesday and my feet still hurt. It was a long long day but we made much much money (£2100 at the last count but we will give you a proper final figure soon) and people seemed to be having lots of fun. Not least the Elves who took a fancy to the organic beer and less organic hot dogs. Other than that, they were very well behaved and their Elfin Grotto remained standing for the whole day – much to my relief having helped build it the  night before.

Instead of the hot dogs, they should have tried the BFB pies. Yum. I felt like Oliver as I stood in anticipation of getting some more. But they sold out. Thank you Teresa and the crew for the vegie treats but please make more next time. Failing that, give me the recipe.

The staff baby photo competition was practically impossible. Am wondering if in previous years the FBA funds have not gone on caviar for them as I suggested after the quiz, but on cosmetic surgery. They are a gorgeous lot after all. It can’t all be natural.

memories, like icing on a badly made cake can slip away...

memories, like icing on a badly made cake can slip away...

So now that the fake snow has settled and the tinsel is packed away until next year, we are not going to rest on our laurel wreaths but are meeting soon to unpick the whole thing and decide what went best, what didn’t go so good and come up with some ideas for next year – before the whole thing slips from our minds like the icing on a badly constructed Christmas Cake.

Does he look like an elf? Have some respect, son

Does he look like an elf? Have some respect, son

We’ve had lot s of feedback – No, we won’t do the blue drinks again, yes, there will be more for the children to buy next year and, in response to my own son’s analysis of the event, the biggest Elf was not Eric Leenders, Charlie’s dad and international banking expert, retail banking spokesperson for the Bank of England and regular contributor to Panarama, GMTV and the 10 O’clock news…

It’s a lottery!


According to the Brighton and Hove City Council, our innocent sounding raffle is actually a lottery. You need a license to run one of these. Although it sounds scary official, it is really just a plain old fashioned raffle. In the next day or so, we will be sending out our (fully licensed) raffle tickets for you to buy/sell.

There are truly some wonderful prizes this year. The biggest and top prize comes from the supremely generous Baker Street Bikes. Guess what it is!

Make sure that money and ticket stubbs are back with us via the black post box on the left  hand side of the outer lobby bit of the entrance by end of school pick up on Friday 28th November. Any later than that and we may miss them in the hurly burly of setting up the fair.

So if it’s a lottery, to coin a phrase – it could be you. But only if you enter the raffle!

BFB bears fruit

Money raised through the Balfour Farmers’ Bag scheme is ring-fenced to be spent on school projects to do with cooking and gardening. Now it has been up and running for a couple of terms, there is money in the bank and it’s time to do some shopping.

The plan is that we buy some more fruit trees for the school playground – anyone who walks past or through in the spring knows already about the amazing cherry trees. However, there are a couple of places where poorly trees have been removed in the past and our amazing garden expert parents are currently making plans as to which trees to get, where to put them and so forth.

What do you reckon? Apple? Fig? Pears? Let us know your ideas.

With the anticipated building work at the school, we can’t plant in some areas yet, but within a few years, we might have ourselves an orchard!

We will even give you a table

The very beating heart of any fair are the stalls and to keep them raising thumping loads of money for the school, we need people to staff them.

Although tables are not strictly necessary, we like to use them

So we are currently on the prowl for people to volunteer an hour on the day of the Advent fair (2 – 5 Saturday November 29) to stand behind a table, smile and run various things like good old Hoopla, Guess the Weight of the cake and Whack the Rat.

Keep an eye on the notice board and check back here for info, but my cunning plan is that each class will run a stall and that way I can put my feet up and drink all the Pimms on the day.

Ah if only. Your help will mean that I get to serve some burgers and end the day smelling really bad.

Please get in touch if you haven’t already and let us know if you can help.

And if a friend approaches you in the playground and asks you to be on a stall (I’ve been delegating), just say YES. It couldn’t be simpler!

Irrational elf service

With the Christmas Fair now the Advent fair, our quandry is: what to do about Santa?

Clearly, he cant work during November when instead he will be sitting at home with his feet up waiting for the whole busy month of December to begin.

Fearing disappointment and not wanting to see the glum faces of the Balfour Juniors unable to hear his jolly cry of ho! ho! ho! and missing out on a visit to him in his grotto, we have decided to employ some elves instead. They too are at a lose end since their short-term temporary contract in Santa’s toy factory only kicks off on December 1.  It’s either the Advent fair or making shoes, they said.

So, in their own magical elfin home which will be installed for the day in Balfour Juniors on November 29, children can write their letters to Santa, post these in the special post box and leave with a small gift in anticipation of what will be left around their Christmas trees (which will also to be on sale at the Advent fair) on Christmas morning.

Fancy yourself as an Elf? Your dream can come true in 27 days when Elf Yourself once more charms bored office staff with their clever ways. And if that is not enough, why not get in touch with us. I’m sure we might have an opening for you…

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A word from our ‘sponsors’:

It is truly wonderful the way that local businesses and those run by Balfour parents come up with brilliant ways to support our ventures.

If you would like to help out with prizes, donations and so forth in exchange for a warm fuzzy glow in your heart and your name on our leafelts and so forth, get in touch via the contact bit at the top.

Here are some of our generous supporters:

Baker Street Bikes
Ginger Lilly
Star Signs

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