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Five local school participate in celebrations

THE spirits of 110 pupils from five local schools were not dampened on Monday when they braved the rain to take part in this year’s Autumn Harvest Celebration at Newbury Showground.

The annual event, which is run by the Newbury & District Agricultural Society, invited Thatcham Park, Inkpen, Beedon, Burghfield St Mary’s and East Challow St Nicholas’ primary schools for a day of activities around the harvest theme.

There was apple bobbing, the story of Johnny Appleseed, a talk about traditional English apples, cooking demonstrations and a chance to sample different foods.

Youngsters also created an autumnal collage using fallen leaves and twigs at a craft session.

The day finished with the main event – weighing each school’s prize pumpkin – and this year’s winning school was named as St Nicholas’ Primary School, East Challow, whose specimen weighed in at 4kg.

NDAS education officer Jan Murray said: “The weather was grim, but we still had lots of fun and the children really enjoyed the day.

“The apple bobbing was a clear favourite with many of the youngsters who were, after all, already wet.”

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