Building bricks in place to fund playground

Monday 3rd December 2018 1:00 pm
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DESCRIBED as a “phenomenal success”, 1,500 visitors crowded into Eggar’s School for the Festival of Bricks, a charity event for Lego fans of all ages.

It included some spectacular models, including a 9ft Lego tower built by The Brickish Association.

The association are known all over the country for the models they make for events and they certainly caught the imagination of visitors with their creations, such as a yachting sequence, an American diner and an airport runway – all from Lego.

Some visitors also brought their own models – one man had a Lego hat – and for the daring there were Lego fire walks, braving the pain of crossing rows of the tiny bricks in bare feet.

Alice Gowie is the mother of a pupil at Binsted Primary School who, in a bid to get the £80,000 needed to upgrade the school’s playground, had the idea of staging a Festival of Bricks as a fundraiser.

The school has already raised £5,000 toward the plans with a ‘long walk’ held in the summer.

Lucy Ambache, a member of the Friends of Binsted School, said: “We had a phenomenal number of people at the event, some from far away as Southampton, Surbiton and Basingstoke. It was all thanks to Alice, who worked hard to get it all set up and putting the event on the social media network.

“All our stalls, selling Lego-themed gifts, had models made by The Brickish Association members which attracted a lot of attention, and our café did a roaring trade.

“The festival made £3,805. We still have a long way go but we will also be putting in for grants and we are getting donations from parents and friends.

“As well as upgrading the playground, we want to build netball and football pitches which can be used by the whole community.”

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