Drinks party boost for CRGS

ELEGANT: Some of the guests at the elegant autumn drinks party held at CRGS Sixth Form library. Pictured from left to right are ' Sonya Parnell, Helen Carter, Michelle Ainsworth, Jo McGarvey, Christine Cort, Tina Brand, Sarah Gibson, Charmaine Fowler and Karen Warner. Photo by Andrew Hale Photography.
ELEGANT: Some of the guests at the elegant autumn drinks party held at CRGS Sixth Form library. Pictured from left to right are ' Sonya Parnell, Helen Carter, Michelle Ainsworth, Jo McGarvey, Christine Cort, Tina Brand, Sarah Gibson, Charmaine Fowler and Karen Warner. Photo by Andrew Hale Photography.
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AN autumn drinks party held at Clitheroe Royal Grammar School raised several thousand pounds which will be used to improve facilities for pupils.

Christine Cort, the mother of Year 8 pupil Jack, helped to organise the event alongside the Friends of CRGS committee. It was held in CRGS sixth form’s ornate library and quad, with more than 150 guests turning out in their finery.

Christine, who is the managing director of Manchester International Festival, ensured guests were treated to food by some of the best in the Ribble Valley, including canapés by The Millstone at Mellor, a cheese board and homemade breads by Clitheroe’s Cheesie Tchaikovsky and a mouthwatering charcuterie table (hams, chorizo, salamis) provided by Booths.

Drinks included Prosecco, Bowland Beer, fine red and white wines and a lovely fruit punch.

Entertainment was provided by magician Darren Brand and pianist Sam Hampson.

Christine described the event as a “team effort” with many local companies like The Millstone at Mellor, Bowland Brewery, Majestic Wines, Cowmans, W. Monks (Longridge), Cheesie Tchaikovsky, Booths, HSL, Avebell Print and Design generously supporting the evening.

“I had two objectives when staging the party – firstly to get parents, teachers and friends together to have a wonderful evening and secondly to raise money to improve student facilities,” said Christine explained.

“Happy to report both were achieved. The team of CRGS students who helped me on the night were a credit to the school too.”