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Leicestershire school find the golden ticket at storytelling event

Posted on 16th September 2021 in News & Views

In celebration of Roald Dahl Day (13th September), Charlie and the Chocolate Factory came to life for pupils from Old Dalby Church of England Primary School thanks to a storytelling event organised by Rippon Homes.

The school, which is located near the homebuilders Marquis Gardens development in the village of Old Dalby, were treated to a reading from the Roald Dahl classic by experienced storyteller Mark Fraser.

Mark said: “It was a great privilege to be asked to read from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory to help the pupils of Old Dalby Primary School celebrate Roald Dahl Day. I thoroughly enjoyed telling the children two of my own stories after the reading. It always amazes me that children will engage, create and be enraptured by storytelling. It is wonderful to see large corporate businesses supporting and encouraging such creativity.”

Alongside this, Rippon Homes provided the children with their very own Wonka chocolate bar to help the storytelling event come to life.

Roald Dahl Day takes place annually to celebrate Roald Dahl’s characters, stories and moments with fans all over the world.

Rosie Browne, Headteacher at Old Dalby C of E Primary School, said: “It was fantastic to see the children’s reactions as the story came to life in front of them!”

Ian Dyke, Managing Director of Rippon Homes added: “It was a pleasure to invite pupils from Old Dalby C of E Primary School for a reading of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Mark really enchanted the children which was great to see.

“It is important to us at Rippon Homes to make a difference in the communities in which we build, and encourage skills such as reading, writing, listening and creativity amongst local children.”

Marquis Gardens is a new development of just 39 three and four bedroom homes, ideal for first time buyers and growing families alike.

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