Oakham School pupils host party for the elderly

Oakham School, Age UK, Harvest festival'Kathy Taylor and Mary Lewis are served by Olivia Hazelton, Tyrese Johnson-Fisher, and Samuel Johnson'Photo: Alan Walters EMN-151016-101717001

Oakham School, Age UK, Harvest festival'Kathy Taylor and Mary Lewis are served by Olivia Hazelton, Tyrese Johnson-Fisher, and Samuel Johnson'Photo: Alan Walters EMN-151016-101717001

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More than 200 elderly people from across Rutland enjoyed a fantastic Harvest party thanks to the efforts of pupils from Oakham School.

The event, which was held on Monday, October 12, has been a tradition for 27 years and the 40 pupils were delighted to carry it on, offering a fantastic afternoon of entertainment.

Head of Voluntary Action Kevin Beadle said: “Each year the students put a huge amount of effort into the event.

“They adorned the dining hall with decorations and flowers, and with the help of school staff they made sandwiches and cakes to serve to the guests. They spent hours talking to the party-goers, serving them tea and generally making the party a real success for everyone who attended.”

The pupils provided wonderful musical entertainment, Dr Chilton expertly commanded a great game of bingo, and there was a well-stocked raffle which raised £315 for Homestart.

Each year the school dedicates two weekends across to ‘service’, where pupils take a break from lessons, sport and everyday school life, to either help others in the local community, or to undertake personal challenges of Duke of Edinburgh or CCF activities.

A variety of different Voluntary Action activities took place throughout the weekend, as well as the Harvest party, from conservation work at Launde Abbey, entertaining primary school students and residents at The Lodge Trust in Market Overton, to helping maintain playgrounds and delivering Harvest Festival food bags.