Collier Row academy holds its first festival in aid of refurbishing school hall

PUBLISHED: 13:00 11 July 2017

Bower Stock. Picture: Bower Park Academy

Bower Stock. Picture: Bower Park Academy

Bower Park Academy

An academy welcomed the community for its first ever festival, raising thousands of pounds to refurbish its assembly and sports hall.

Singer Amy Mottram performing at Bower Stock. Picture: Bower Park AcademySinger Amy Mottram performing at Bower Stock. Picture: Bower Park Academy

Music lovers gathered at Bower Park Academy, Havering Road, Collier Row, last Thursday for its festival Bower Stock, to not only enjoy the entertainment but to help a worthy cause.

Assistant headteacher Eddie Aylett said: “It was a massive success and both me and the drama department are truly humbled by all of the support.”

The day was a chance for students, teachers and residents to get together and listen to music from pupil Alfie Arger and former X Factor contestant Amy Mottram from Collier Row, as well as choirs from The Brittons Academy, Clockhouse Primary School and Oasis Academy Pinewood.

From classic musical numbers including Consider Yourself from Oliver to One Direction’s What Makes You Beautiful, there truly was something for all tastes of music.

Like any real festival, there was also food, stalls, sweets, classic cars, games and a raffle.

Due to government budget cuts, the school is having to raise the money needed to refurbishment its South Hall - used for assemblies, award ceremonies, shows and sports - to replace the original curtains, a new lighting rig and sound system.

Bower Park Academy has set up a Just Giving page, asking for £25,000 and is also asking for donations of DVDs and old mobile phones in a bid to help raise the money.

Bower Stock was also another way to raise the necessary funds for the South Hall and made almost £3,000.

Another round of Bower Park Bingo will also be played at the school at 7pm on Thursday in aid of the South Hall - only adults welcome.

So far, a total of £7,000 has been made to go towards the refurbishment.

Mr Aylett said: “We cannot thank the staff who helped enough! Especially through the torrential rain storm.

“Although it wouldn’t be a festival without a little rain.

“It felt fantastic, it felt powerful, it felt outstanding.

“Most of all, it felt like a community!”

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