Our business and events management students partnered with with Etsy South Cheshire to organise a Christmas Artisan Market. The festive event took place on Saturday 3rd December in the historic Reaseheath Hall and featured 37 stalls full of handmade and vintage gifts from local designers and makers. Over 300 shoppers attended the event.
Twelve students, accompanied by staff, worked for all four days of the Ashford Farm sponsored 4 star event. Their duties ranged from helping to set up for the grand opening ceremony to shepherding 800 school children between activities during the Bolesworth Schools Day. They also looked after the Cheshire Police bands.
Our students also carried out useful market research with over 300 visitors which will help inform the organisers when they plan future events. As well as gaining high level event management experience, the team also benefitted from training sessions held at college.
Bolesworth International Event Co-ordinator Howard Blythe said: “We were delighted with the input of the students, who quickly became part of the Bolesworth team and took on responsible and useful roles. In particular, the results of their market research on customer satisfaction will be extremely important to us.”
Bolesworth International has indicated that it would like to develop further links with Reaseheath’s event management department. There is a strong possibility that some of the students, along with the equine team who provided the showjumping arena party at Bolesworth, will be invited to Liverpool International Horse Show, a new family extravaganza being held at the city’s Echo Arena on Jan 1-3.
Caption: Event management students Sammy Clare and Abi Bore with course managers Elayne Frost and Jayne Cawood at Bolesworth International
The students collected the proceeds from activities they organised as part of their course, ranging from a Christmas fair, a Decades Party and four student social events to raffles and a table top sale. They also organised children’s activities at our Lambing Weekends.
Last week the students handed over a cheque to members of the Student Association which brought the total raised through RAG this year to a record breaking £20,800.
Student Association President Rob Sparkes said: “This was a fantastic effort by the business and events department which has helped us make this year’s RAG really special.”
Yet more money continues to roll in for RAG, which this year goes to Macmillan Cancer Support. The total amount raised will be handed over to the charity tomorrow evening (Tuesday 23rd) before the Student Summer Ball.
Caption: Business and Events students Sarah Wood, Emma Thompson, Abi Bore, Georgina Gosmore, Saffy Buckley, Amy Horton and Hannah Lomas are joined by Course Managers Elayne Frost and Jayne Cawood and Head of Department Hazel Shimmin as they prepare to hand over their cheque