THE HUSTLE and bustle of the market was in full flow at a primary school in Angmering last week.
For the past four weeks, pupils at St Wilfrid’s Catholic Primary School, in Arundel Road, have been busy sprucing up their school in preparation for their charity Easter market bonanza.
And all of their hard work paid off, with dozens of parents and villagers flocking to the primary’s playground to see the fruits of the youngster’s labour.
Children were selling everything from potatoes and freshly-baked hot cross buns, to ‘bug houses’ and Easter eggs.
The money raised from Wednesday’s (April 2) market was in aid of Catholic charity CAFOD’s Dig Deep campaign over the Easter period.
Ten-year-old James England was one of the children guiding parents and visitors around the school’s stalls.
The year-six pupil said: “It’s been a good day. We have been working really hard to try and get everything ready. “We are hopefully going to raise a lot of money for CAFOD. This money could then be used to help children like us who aren’t as lucky as we are.”
As part of the day, children had been preparing a special nature area on the school’s field.
For the past few weeks, youngsters from Sapphire class – with the help of some parents and teachers – had been painting the fences around the nature area and tidying it up.
The site was officially opened by the chairman of Angmering Parish Council, councillor Steve Mountain, who was given a tour of the facility by children.
Cllr Mountain – who as well as opening the nature area, also picked up a few baked treats and some seeds from the young traders – said: “The pupils here are so passionate.
“I’m very impressed with the range of foods and other things that were on the market stalls. There were some pretty innovative things on offer here like the bird feeders and some really tasty treats like the wholemeal hot cross buns.”
The school aimed to raise between £100 and £500.
Head teacher Sharon Reynolds said: “The children have really taken the charity to heart. They have read stories and seen pictures of the children we are helping and I think that’s had a really strong impact. Today’s been a tremendous success.”