Sherston's pop-up day lands honour - and £650 for village school

This Is Wiltshire: Fi Picton, Lorraine Petersen OBE, awards’ chair and PTA-UK vice chair, Kirsty Strachan, TV presenters David and Carrie Grant, Alison Davies, of sponsors Liberty Mutual Insurance, and, front, Jess Picton and Grace Strachan with the certificate and award Fi Picton, Lorraine Petersen OBE, awards’ chair and PTA-UK vice chair, Kirsty Strachan, TV presenters David and Carrie Grant, Alison Davies, of sponsors Liberty Mutual Insurance, and, front, Jess Picton and Grace Strachan with the certificate and award

Friends of Sherston School have scooped a prestigious award for their pop-up day in the village.

The Friends were announced as the South of England regional winner in the Community Links category of the PTA-UK Gold Star Awards. The award recognises the success of the pop-up village in September which was organised by the PTA to raise money for the school.

During the three-hour event, residents set up business from their homes including an Indian take-away and a beauticians.

Sherston School received £650 from PTA-UK as a reward for all of their hard work.

Chairman Fi Picton said: “When you enter a national award you are aging to be up against thousands of PTAs so we really didn’t think we had a chance.

“We absolutely delighted because it was a really amazing event. All areas of the community were involved in it and we raised a lot of money for the school so it was a really big fundraising success.

“The money is the icing on the cake and it will benefit all of the children at the school. ”

Friends of Sherston School also came highly commended in the national award, narrowly missing out on the top spot by one point.

Members of the PTA attended a special awards ceremony in central London presented by Jonny Mitchell – star of the Channel 4's Educating Yorkshire – and TV presenters Carrie and David Grant.

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