More than 130 snowmen appear in a Harborough district village

Money raised helped fund equipment for the local school

A Harborough district village has well and truly got in to the festive mood for Christmas – with people staging over 130 snowman displays.

Families made Santa himself proud as they held the spectacular yuletide festival in Broughton Astley from Friday December 4 – Sunday December 6.

The first celebration of its type in the village, it was organised by Orchard Primary School Parents' Association as they secured vital cash for the small school.

Charlotte Chaney-North with daughter Ava 10 with their Greatest Showman Snowman. PICTURE: ANDREW CARPENTER

The charity raises crucial funds for the school all year round – but has been hit badly by the Covid-19 outbreak.

“We help to pay for everything from books and bookbags to new play equipment, additional school supplies and special treats for the children such as pantomime performances and special activities,” said a charity spokeswoman.

“Schools are only given very basic funding - anything on top of this is usually paid for with funds raised by us.

“Due to the pandemic and all of the restrictions currently in place, we're no longer able to host our usual calendar of fundraising events, which means we're nowhere near hitting our target this year.

Ashleigh Robinson and son Zach 3 outside the pre school play start nursery. PICTURE: ANDREW CARPENTER

“Christmas is a big time of year for parents' associations.

“We usually raise a big chunk of the funds required for our school.

“But unfortunately none of the usual events such as the Christmas Fayre or Nativity can go ahead this time around.

“The team came up with the idea to host a village-wide Snowman Festival - safe, festive outdoor fun for all of the family, whilst supporting the school community.”

Denise Chaney and Florance Chaney-North 6 with their Snow Queen. PICTURE: ANDREW CARPENTER

You can help support the school by making a donation to: https://www.gofundme.com/f/broughton-astley-snowman-festival

Niamh Hughes 7 and Ollie Hughes 2 with their Minecrafters Snow Golem snowman PICTURE: ANDREW CARPENTER
Steve Hincks, Summer Hincks 8, Poppy Hincks 5 and Holly Hincks with their It is what it is snowman. PICTURE: ANDREW CARPENTER