Winter magic 2022

Woo hoo! It’s been 3 long years but our brilliant Winter Fayre is now back, bigger and better than ever before! We’re also opening the doors of our fabulous, festive emporium Elfridges for Christmas Presents for Parents. ‘Tis the season to be jolly!


  • Friday 18 November – Non-uniform day in exchange for donations to the Winter Fayre (see more info below)
  • Friday 25 November – cake donations for the Winter Fayre (drop off)
  • Friday 25 November – Winter Fayre 4-6pm
  • W/c 28 November – Elfridges Christmas Presents for Parents ticket sales
  • 13 & 14 December – Elfridges Christmas present shop open for business!

Read on for all the information on what’s happening and when...


RAB Winter Fayre

We are beyond excited that we can finally run our Winter Fayre again. This is such a special event for the children and adults alike! 

You’ll find a range of traditional stalls in the infant and junior halls from our magical Santa’s Grotto and brilliant tombolas to sprout rolling competitions, lucky dip or grand raffle, not forgetting face painting, biscuit decorating or tree decoration making – there’s something for everyone to enjoy. And to keep you fed and watered (and warm!), we have a sizzling BBQ stall serving food, drinks and mulled wine. 

Many of our stalls are only able to happen through your generous donations, so on Friday 18  November, in exchange for the children wearing non-uniform, we ask each year group to donate the following:

Reception, Y1 & Y2 – Chocolate for our Chocolate Tombola: from boxes to individual bars, we accept chocolate of all shapes and sizes (please avoid anything containing nuts)

Y3 & Y4 – Toys for our Children’s Tombola: new or nearly new toys, jigsaws or games will be much appreciated for prizes on our very popular tombola!

Y5 & Y6 – Bottles for our Bottle Tombola: from wine, beer and soft drinks to shower gel and olive oil, every donation becomes a fun surprise for our win-every-time Bottle Tombola!


In addition, we’d love extra donations from all year groups of: 

  • Jam jars filled with sweets, chocolates or small toys
  • Teddies (washed/clean please!) for our Adopt a Teddy Stall
  • Any prizes for our raffle

If you work for a local business, or know someone who does, and would like to donate something extra special to include in the raffle, we’d love to hear from you - please email us at


Our RAB PTA department store, Elfridges, is open for business again this December. Pre-purchase advance ‘tickets’ for your child to enable them to choose their own gifts from a fantastic range of presents suitable for mums, dads, aunts, uncles and grandparents – teaching them the gift of giving.

Tickets cost £2.50 each with a max of 2 per child.

Tickets will be on sale at school gates during drop off and pick up on Wed 1 -Fri 3 December ONLY. Strictly no ticket sales after Fri 3 December so we can manage stock.

For those at Early or Late Play, please send your money in a sealed envelope clearly labelled ‘P4P’ with your child’s name, class and number of gifts (max 2 gifts per child).

Presents for Parents is our much-loved annual event where we create a personal shopping experience at an outdoor stall for children to enjoy selecting their own gifts for relatives.

We don’t hand out real tickets for this as they can get easily lost, instead we add your child’s name to the Shoppers’ Register with the number of gifts they have ‘purchased’. Those children who are signed up for the event will get present labels to decorate in class in advance and bring with them when they visit the store.

Once they’ve chosen their gift they take this to be wrapped and sealed with their personalised labels so they can keep it a secret. The gifts are then taken back to the classroom to be stored by the teacher, who will send them home with your child at some point that week.

Children will be visiting our store throughout the school day on 13 &14 December


If you didn’t try our Christmas Treasure Hunt from last year, now’s your chance. Designed to help your mini adventurers take a fresh look at some of our best loved places - you’ll be going on a numbers hunt around Saffron Walden. There are 11 locations to find and once you have all your answers your super sleuthers will need to sharpen their wits to crack the code and reveal the final answer.

We've got two treasure hunts for you to try: for KS1 (4-7 years) and for KS2 (7-11 years). You can do them both together for maximum family fun across your different age groups. We've also provided a handy map to ensure you get to the right place. Just be careful, when you print these, the Adult Helper Guide will print first revealing the answers - so keep that close to hand and out of sight!





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Easyfundraising is a fantastic way to raise money for a good cause by getting participating retailers to donate to RAB PTA as you shop online as normal. Once you’ve registered and have set up the easyfundraising mobile app or the web browser add-on, you simply shop with your favourite online retailers and we receive a donation automatically calculated and transferred to us as if by magic! And by using this link, we will receive a generous £15 donation boost when you earn your first £15. There are hundreds of retailers who are signed up across a wide range of sectors - it’s the easy way to support our school. Find out more and sign up now.


We love making our children and families at RAB smile. We are over the moon that we can run some of our best-loved family events again. A big thank you from all of us for your support, helping to make a real difference to our lovely school