More than £2,000 raised for school at 'heart-warming' Rayne fete

A sponge hits a teacher square in the face in Rayne

Good shot! This teacher has been sponged square in the face. Picture: Roger King - Credit: Roger King/Saffron Photo

A "heart-warming" fete in Rayne saw residents raise more than £2,000 for the village's primary school.

With the help of nearly 50 stallholders, Rayne School's Parent Staff Association (PSA) raised money for a pond dipping area and future school projects at a "doorstep" fete.

Four schoolchildren watch pink and brown toy dogs race on multicoloured tracks in Rayne

Racing the (battery-powered) dogs in Rayne. Picture: Roger King - Credit: Roger King/Saffron Photo

A woman with a microphone. Two women in front dance enthusiastically at the Welsh Princess pub, Rayne.

Music and dancing at the Welsh Princess pub. Picture: Roger King - Credit: Roger King/Saffron Photo

Three girls and a fire service officer wearing a mask.

Meeting Essex County Fire and Rescue Service at Rayne Doorstep Fete. Picture: Roger King - Credit: Roger King/Saffron Photo

Visitors raised £2,231 for the school.

Emma Wood, PSA vice chair, said: "It was truly heart-warming to see people come together - spread out safely - to enjoy themselves.

"We hope to put the money towards the planned pond renovations complete with pontoon to dip so we can establish a valuable outdoor educational facility for the children.

A male server grins behind a table stacked with sweets: Willow Wonka's Sweet Factory at Rayne Doorstep Fete

Willow Wonka's Sweet Factory. Picture: Roger King - Credit: Roger King/Saffron Photo

A child with a baseball bat. Whack-a-rat at Rayne Doorstep Fete.

Splat the Rat. Picture: Roger King - Credit: Roger King/Saffron Photo

Two tents in a front garden. In front: three children.

Smiles all round on the doorstep at Rayne Doorstep Fete. Picture: Roger King - Credit: Roger King/Saffron Photo

"Thank you so much to the whole village for their fantastic support in this and indeed over the whole of the pandemic.

"The school strives to be at the heart of the local community.

"Events like this only strengthen that bond."

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