Children enjoy new school playground

Children are enjoying a new playground which was built at St Philip’s School in Uckfield over the summer.

It was paid for, in part, thanks to the efforts of the Friends of St Philip’s who have run a concentrated fund-raising campaign over the past two years.

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One of their events was the school’s first ever music festival when four bands played live on the school field.

There were festival games for the children to play, including giant Jenga, face-painting, Twister and a bouncy castle. There was camping too for those brave enough to save overnight on the school field.

Carine Roberts who took all the photogaphs at the festival and of the new all-weather adventure playground said this was a huge fund-raiser for the school.

Carine writes:

“The opening act was Michael Baker, who left St Philip’s in 2000, a talented singer-songwrites based in the South East. He played a selection from his latest album Keys to the Kingdom and provided a great vibe to open up Philfest.

“Dom Hartley, a dad at the school, took to his keyboard and played some well-known tunes for a sing-a-long session including some well-known Disney tunes. The children, and some parents, loved their five minutes of fame on the Philfest stage.

“The second band on stage, The Skarlettos, a fun-packed, five-piece covers band, played a quality assortment of tunes from the 60s, right up to the present and got the dancing going. This continued into the evening with a Silent Disco – all 200 participants wore headphones with music that you couldn’t resist dancing to.

“This was particularly hilarious to watch as everyone was dancing and some were singing along but no music was audible to the bystanders.

“Up and coming band, Pocket Money, opened the evening lineup with a fantastic and musically tight set. Pocket Money’s drummer, Cam Fyall and his brother, Dan (Kintillo guitar and vocals) are also St Philip’s ex-pupils and they came back especially to play at Philfest.

“The grand finale was provided by The Luv Nuggets and they made the day end on a high.

“They played their first gig at St Philip’s 20 years ago, it it was particularly special to have them back again, sounding better than ever.

“A new fund-raising year has begun and the Friends of St Philip’s are all set and ready for another fun-filled, fund-raising year ahead.”

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