Fundraising for KS1 Play Structure

So we are kicking off our fundraising for mega awesome playground structure with £8k that we’ve raised so far this academic year from our events!!!

If you have any ideas on how to help us raise the £30k for the play structure then please email or come along to one of our FAB Committee Meetings (the next one is on Tuesday 11th February)… we are confident that we can raise £20k of the total needed by the summer – but we need some ideas/ help to raise the extra £10k!

If you want to help us then you can donate money via…/outdoor-playgroup-equipment-for-balfo… or drop a cheque/cash into a FAB box!

Christmas Fair Volunteers Needed…

Our Christmas Fair is on Saturday 14th December (2-5pm) and is our biggest fundraiser… but it is only possible if we have help. There are many flexible slots to suit any type of weekend or evening commitments – from setting up on the Friday evening, or Saturday morning, to helping on a stall and helping us clear up on the Sunday morning…. It honestly takes a small army of volunteers!

As per usual tradition, we have allocated stalls to KS1 classes and need the rest of the school community to pull together to fill the other volunteer activities.

Please use the links below to sign up easily online.

Before the event
Christmas Tombola Donation Collection (Friday 29th November)

Cake Donations and Forgotten Tombola (Friday 13th December)

Mulled Wine Preparation (Friday 13th December)

Roll Cutting (Friday 13th December)

Evening Set up Friday (13th December from 5pm)

Saturday morning Set Up (14th December from 9am)

After the event
Saturday Evening Clear up (14th December 5pm to 7pm)

Sunday morning Clear Up (15th December from 10am)

During the event
Christmas Marshals

Christmas FAB Desk

Christmas Bar

Christmas Face Painting

Festive Glitter

Christmas Food Serving


Christmas Kids Tombola

Crafts – Badge Making

Crafts – Christmas Eve Plates

Crafts – Christmas Tree decorations

Crafts – Christmas Tree decorations

Christmas Games Stall 1

Christmas Games Stall 2

Cakes and Mince Pies

The Grinch’s Cave

Santa’s Grotto

Christmas FAB Cinema

Get into the Christmas Spirit with our FAB Cinema event on Saturday 7th December…
We will be showing two films…

Elf at 2pm and
Jingle All the Way at 4.30pm.

Tickets cost £5.50 per person (per film).
Available from
Refreshments will be available to purchase on the day.
All children must be accompanied by a paying adult – up to 3 kids per adult.

If you can help out on the day please sign up via


It is with great sadness that we have taken the difficult decision to cancel the Fireworks event this Friday 15th November 2019.

A number of factors has led to this decision. Ticket sales have continued to drop over the last 3 years. We believe a major contributing factor is the free fireworks event held annually at Preston Park. The amount of tickets currently sold indicates that the event will not be financially viable to run. The worsening weather forecast for Friday does not lead us to believe that on the day ticket sales will improve this situation.

In addition, at the time that we’ve made this decision, the level of volunteers to be able to support the set up, safe running and clearing away of the event is still insufficient. Lastly, the pyrotechnic team have concerns regarding the weather forecast and wind direction on Friday.

We’d like to take the opportunity to thank those of you who have bought tickets and volunteered to give your time and effort to help out.

All online ticket sales will be refunded in due course.

FAB Events for this Term

Quiz Night Friday 11th October 8pm

Our first Quiz Night of the year…
Doors open at 7.30pm for an 8pm start in the KS1 hall.
Cash bar with wine, fizz, lager, ale, soft drinks and snacks.

Fish & Chip supper & Vegetarian option = £11.00 per ticket
Tickets without food = £4.00

Olly’s Fish Shack will be providing the food, which will be cooked onsite and you can choose either a

Fish & chips supper with homemade mushy peas
Or a vegan option of tempura haas avocado.

We would be grateful if tickets could be bought online to save our volunteers any admin and hassle!
Please go to to buy tickets… You can also buy tickets clicking the link to the right of this page. There is no booking fee for online payments.

Alternatively, please put a cheque (made payable to ‘Friends at Balfour’) with a note stating numbers and types of tickets required, into a FAB box before Wednesday 9th October.

Teams of six can be made up on the night or in advance.
Food must be pre-ordered.

Fireworks Friday 15th November 5-7pm

more information to follow…

FAB Cinema – Saturday 12th October 3pm

We will be showing The Nightmare Before Christmas (PG)

Just in time to celebrate Halloween… er, and Christmas!

Dress up and have some spooky fun!

The film will be shown in the KS2 Sports Hall.

Tickets – £5.50 per person… All children must be accompanied by a paying adult – up to 3 kids per adult.

Refreshments will be available to purchase on the day.

Please go to to buy tickets… You can also buy tickets by clicking the link to the right of this page. There is no booking fee for online payments.



Christmas Fair – Saturday 14th December 2-5pm

more information to follow…

Massive Thank You!

The sun shone for us at the Summer Fair on 6th July which certainly helped us all enjoy the afternoon’s activities to the max!

We want to say a massive thank you again to all the volunteers – over 150 of you – and to all our guests and anyone else who helped raise money towards the FAB fundraising.

Special thanks to Higgidy who provided products to sell on the Food stall.  Also to all our Raffle and Silent Auction donators.  If you own or work for a company who can donate a prize for future fairs, please let us know.

“No one can do everything, but everyone can do something”

Summer Fair Saturday 6th July 12 to 4pm

Friends At Balfour’s Annual Summer Fair including: inflatables, inflatables and more inflatables …

This year we have a 70ft inflatable extreme obstacle course, a bungee run, a disco dome, gladiator duel, an inflatable slide and of course a good old fashioned bouncy castle… actually shaped like a castle!! 😉

Not mentioning… the ponies, great entertainment including Balfour’s Got Talent, various fair stalls, a great choice of food, candy floss
and a bar serving Pimms and much more…

Important dates to remember…

Friday 28th June: Tombola donations
Adult’s tombola (wine, chocolate, smellies, unwanted gifts) &
Kid’s tombola (new toys, books & games).

Friday 5th July: Cake & Finger Food donations
(bought or homemade)
Cuddly toys (clean old cuddly toys)

We need your help to run this massive event! If you can help in any way then please sign up to any of the tasks below– it’s really simple you just need to click the link, chose a slot, type your name and enter your email address.

Kids can help out with you on all the stalls except on the Bar, the Food and Candy Floss Stalls. Kids can also come along to help set up the fair in the morning or tidy away at the end… but usually they just run around the field like lunatics – but as long as they are happy and don’t get in the way we don’t mind!! 😉

Thank you

Volunteers Signup sheet link
Summer Fair Pre-tasks 8/14
Cake & Cuddly Toy Donations 3/8
Tombola donation collections 4/8
Cakes 3/12
Summer Fair Clear up 3/20
Summer Fair Set Up 9/40
FAB Desk 3/12
Bar 7/16
Food 4/12
Face Painting 3/12
Nail & Hair Bar 1/8
Gladiator Duel 4/8
Disco Dome 1/8
Bungee Run 7/8
Bouncy Castle 2/8
70ft Inflatable Assault Course 6/8
Human Fruit Machine 4/12
Kid’s Tombola 0/12
Cuddly Toy Tombola 8/12
Candy Floss 1/12
Games Stalls 2 0/8
Games Stalls 1 3/12