Crowds flock to school’s first-ever community day

AERO BOY! -- Alex Cotton enjoys the exhibition by the Rolls-Royce Model Flying Club -- DISPIC NHUD12-1224-3

AERO BOY! -- Alex Cotton enjoys the exhibition by the Rolls-Royce Model Flying Club -- DISPIC NHUD12-1224-3

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A BUMPER fun day at Hucknall National Church of England Academy attracted a big turnout.

“We offered a free lunch for the first 50 people to arrive at the event,” said school spokesman Steve Newcombe. “The result was that lots of people turned up in the first ten minutes!”

Academy pupils and staff teamed up for the initiative, which featured a wide variety of attractions.

These included badminton, indoor rowing and table tennis, as well as dance presentations, live music and an electronic ‘Beat The Goalie’ football game.

Among Hucknall groups represented at the event were the 1803 squadron of the Air Training Corps (ATC), the Tourism and Regeneration Group, Under One Roof, Carers In Hucknall and the Oceans Of Fun day nursery.

Twenty table-top stalls set up at the event provided an opportunity to raise money for different charities. The fire, police and ambulance services were represented, with advice given on safety and crime prevention.

Sporting challenges were arranged between teams of parents and pupils, while there was also face painting and a tombola.

The main organiser of the fun day was Sue Taylor, a teacher at the academy who runs extended services and has links with local primary schools.

Mr Newcombe said the event proved an ideal way for the academy to liaise with the Hucknall community. The initiative was well worthwhile, he said.