On Saturday 17 June, parents and teachers alike discovered their inner seventies groove and boogied in the wonderland of the Hazlegroovy Ball, celebrating 70 years of the school and shedding inhibitions left, right and centre.
The sun shone down, flashing off aviator sunglasses and bringing glitter to life as various punks, afro wigs, hippies, rock stars, tennis players and even an emu strutted their stuff. The champagne reception served as a game of “guess who” as various outfits made their way towards the marquee. Some were more conservative than others, though nearly everyone had a touch of seventies magic dust - not least our esteemed headmaster, glittering in gold-dust as Mick Jagger.
An incredible £32,750 was raised on the night, in aid of PromiseWorks, a local Somerset charity which provides a mentoring service to vulnerable and disadvantaged young people in the area. Highlights of the auction included a recorded video message from Paddington 2 star Hugh Bonneville with tickets to his film premiere, a donation of 2 flights to New York from Richard Branson and a selection of exotic and desirable holiday options, sports packages and many other fun lots. A gin cocktail bar kept everyone hydrated on a hot night and the incredible band “Uncle Funk and the Boogie Wonderband” wowed the crowd with their brilliant 70’s repertoire and ensured many interesting shapes were thrown on the dance floor until the early hours.
The Committee have been overwhelmed by the generosity of our community and the donation of £32,750 for PromiseWorks is way beyond what we ever hoped to achieve, so thank you for being a part of it. This money will make a huge difference to the charity and PromiseWorks will be able to start helping more children in need in Somerset before the start of next term because of this.
We couldn’t have done it without an incredible sense of team work and good spirit and everyone’s kind generosity so thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
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