Category Archives: Maidenhead
Twelve months ago, on the day in between my final GCSE exam and the ‘prom’ ball, my classmates and I donned academic gowns and mortarboard caps to formally ‘graduate’ from Furze Platt. For many, it was an entirely trivial affair: the vast majority of the yeargroup returned in September, to join the Sixth Form. But for others, it marked their last hours on the school site, at the end of five happy years at the Senior School.
Since last June, time – as I’ve occasionally stopped to remark – has flown by with shocking speed. Now Head Boy, in a year’s time I myself will have left Furze Platt. Again. Except this time it’ll have been for good.
But today I was able to pause to watch as, a year on from the start of my own glorious summer of Year 11, my younger schoolmates took their turn at wearing the formalwear.
Perhaps ‘quiet’ is the wrong word to describe Pinkneys Green this afternoon. Certainly in one sense, anyway. It’s hard not to have heard the shrieking whistles, mechanical organs, and tinny drone of ’50s records, all audible from the neighbourhoods surrounding the parkland.
“Quick!”, the female attendant on the Dodgems ride bellowed over the attraction’s sound-system, “There’s just a few cars left.”
But she was lying. As I sat in my bumper car, waiting for the electric overhead grid to be switched on, my father muttered to me: “Gosh, it’s a bit like Scooby Doo and the abandoned funfair.”
Keep reading to watch a video of congregation members promoting St Luke’s 2012 Christmas Tree Festival.
Following the success of last year’s inaugural Christmas Tree Festival at St Luke’s, which saw the church filled with over thirty real Norwegian spruces, preparations for this year’s repeat event are under way.
The festival offers local businesses and organisations the opportunity to sponsor and decorate a tree, and welcomes families to look around all weekend.
To raise awareness of the Christmas Tree Festival, now just two weeks away, hardy congregation members gathered in a drizzly Maidenhead High Street this afternoon, armed with tinsel and donning Father Christmas hats.