Load of Baloney

Festive fun and high jinks at Mowbray Gardens Library Xmas Fayre

Over 150 local children were transfixed by the funny and magical antics of children’s entertainer Barney Baloney at this Christmas’s Merry Mowbray event. Foundation Stage, plus Y1 and 2 pupils from Badsley Moor Lane Primary, were joined by pre-schoolers from The Arnold Children’s Centre, Happy Kids Nursery and other pre-schoolers with parents, grandparents and carers to laugh at his antics and to marvel at his magic tricks and ventriloquism.


Thanks to a grant made to Mowbray Volunteers & New Arrivals (the community group based at the library) by Voluntary Action Rotherham, selection boxes were handed out by Santa to every child who attended. East Dene Housing Officers Louise and Sarah were on hand to assist children with craft activities, with many making wishing angels in support of Rotherham Festival of Angels 2018.

Local councillor Wendy Cooksey was in attendance to see at first hand the joy the day brought to children and adults alike. Wendy said:

‘Events like this show what can be achieved when local people and groups work together, with each making a donation or providing their expertise and time free, like Kerry from Arnold Centre with the face painting and library customer Tony acting as Santa.’

‘Merry Mowbray has deservedly become a local Christmas favourite and seems to outdo itself each year.'

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