Fayre breaks new records

Wednesday December 4, 2019

Another jam-packed Christmas Fayre has resulted in £1875 being raised for local children’s cancer charity, The Harry Johnson Trust, in addition to £107 raised for Concord’s Anthony Morris Foundation. This year marked Concord’s eighth annual Christmas Fayre, and over the course of the afternoon, 500 cars arrived at the college, with guests amounting to 1500-2000 people, in addition to 600 Concord students plus staff and their families – “a new record” according to organiser, Mrs Emily Purvis. 63 gift, craft and food stalls were present at the fayre, all generously paying a stallholder fee to The Harry Johnson Trust – a charity which supports children from Shropshire and Mid Wales who have any form of childhood cancer. And as a result of the money raised, the trust has bought 150 tickets for children currently receiving treatment, as well as those in remission, to attend the pantomime in Shrewsbury or Telford on Christmas Eve. Other activities on the day included guided tours of the campus, a charity lucky dip and a range of music performances by Concord’s musicians in the highly-decorated Main Hall, beside the 18ft Noble Fir Christmas tree. Concord Prefects and Lower School Monitors also helped on the day, chaperoning guests, assisting with stalls and a tombola, as well as selling auction items kindly donated by Concord alumni. A further £107 was raised by raffling a game of the highly sought-after Shrewsbury edition of Monopoly, recently released ahead of Christmas. Said Concord’s Ms Rachel Johnson, one of the college’s Outreach members: “‘All of Concord’s staff and students truly appreciate being part of such a warm, safe community and it is the annual Christmas Fayre that gives us a chance to celebrate together. “We are proud of how hard hundreds of students worked to raise money for the charities that are very close to our hearts. “Concord would like to thank all stallholders and guests for their attendance and support.” View the 2019 Christmas Fayre gallery by clicking here. For information regarding next year’s fayre and bookings, please email