Armed with many sunshine yellow balloons I set up my stall to tell the world Helen O'Grady Drama Academy is coming to Bishops Stortford! I had a prime location, placed between two children's tombolas, opposite an ice cream van, and very close to the Bee keepers, which was very fitting as I was costumed as a black and gold bee as well as my Helen O'Grady personalised T-shirt (which I wear with pride)!
It was my first time running a stall at a carnival and I was made shockingly aware of this as I was setting up that morning. The winds were strong, and all around me people were battling with their gazeebo's...... of course I was the only stall at the entire carnival that hadn't considered some kind of shelter. Blip number one. I got straight to work decorating my table, and many others commented on my volume of balloons. But due to the strong winds my balloons ended up in a horrendous tangle and I spent the rest of the set up time trying to free them from each other. Blip number two..
Twelve midday, the stalls were opened, but it all started very slowly as the Parade was making it's way through the streets and wouldn't reach us until roughly 13:30pm. The rain came and went throughout the day, but with the smiley assistance of my helper George (son of Bishops Stortford's Deputy Mayor), over 60 balloons and countless flyers were handed out sharing the Helen O'Grady sunshine throughout the showery afternoon. I spoke to families about the truly wonderful curriculum and shared experiences of pupils who have flourished in it. We gained an enormous amount of interest in our new studio which will begin in September at Thorn Grove Primary School.
Janice Elliott, Mayor of Bishops Stortford has asked personally that Helen O'Grady assist at a fundraiser 'Lunch In The Garden' on Sunday 30th June. We will be donating raffle prizes to the help the cause and thank Mrs Elliott for all her support.
So all in all, Helen O'Grady sunshine shone through the rain and word is spreading through Bishops Stortford about the wonderful drama programme we have to offer. Bishops Stortford studio is launching Wednesday 18th September 2013 at Thorn Grove Primary School, Thorn Grove, Bishops Stortford, Herts CM23 5LD and I can't wait!!