Pupils’ teatime record attempt

Buxton Community School, Dan Clayton, Sid Morris, Effie McFadyen, Lauren Higgins-Brown and Grace Caddens
Buxton Community School, Dan Clayton, Sid Morris, Effie McFadyen, Lauren Higgins-Brown and Grace Caddens

Enterprising students are hoping to break a Guinness World Record as part of a major fundraising drive ahead of a trip to Ghana.

Pupils at Buxton Community School are attempting to break the record for the World’s Largest Cream Tea to raise money towards their ten-day trip next summer.

The current record stands at 430 people and the students are hoping to get around 550 people to the event at the Dome on Sunday November 24. Their efforts will then be recorded and sent to Guinness World Record organisers for verification.

Music on the day will be provided by local band Round Midnight Jazz Trio and there will also be a grand raffle, with prizes donated by a number of local businesses.

Tickets for the event are £6, including a cup of tea and a scone with jam, donated by Cottage Delights in Leek, and clotted cream. They are available from the dedicated website www.lotsofscones.co.uk, Hargreaves in Spring Gardens, Yannie’s Hair Boutique on the Market Place, the Green Pavilion and the Dome. All tickets must be purchased in advance and those attending should arrive for 2.30pm prompt.

Sid Morris and Daniel Clayton, the main organisers of the event, are among a group of 27 year nine pupils from the school who will go to Ghana next July, when they will be camping in a local school and installing a rainwater harvesting system. Each of the students going on the trip needs to raise £1,750 solely through fundraising events.

The youngsters have already taken part in a variety of events and activities with more set to take place in the coming months.

Effie McFadyen and Grace Caddens have been making craft items to sell, and will also be showcasing their items at the school’s table top sale on November 30. Being held in the sports hall, the event runs from 10am to 3pm. To book a table, contact Jo Fisher on 01298 78756 or email joanna.fisher@clarkjames.co.uk. Refreshments will be available, courtesy of the parents’ association.

Car washes and sponsored climbs are among the other activities the students have already taken part in, with a cake sale one of the events being planned for the future. A teacher at the school, Alex Kashefi, is also taking part in a sponsored run, with every pound he raises increasing how many times he has to run up the Slopes.

Speaking of the Ghana trip, student Lauren Higgins-Brown said she was looking forward to “meeting the Ghanaian people and seeing how different their life is to ours.”

During their time in the country, the students will enjoy a trip to the rainforest as well as learning more about the local people and culture.

Donations towards the trip can be sent to Buxton Community School, College Road, Buxton, SK17 9EA.

Find out more about the fundraising at www.facebook.com/lotsofscones or www.graceandeffiesfundraising.blogspot.com.