VILLAGERS in Westwood near Bradford on Avon have helped to raise more than £560 for their local primary school after spending the weekend trekking around the houses.

The Friends of Westwood with Iford School have thanked everyone who took part in the Westwood Halloween Pumpkin Trail from Friday to Sunday and a barbecue in the school grounds.

Sarah Humphries, chair of the FOWS team, said: “What a fa-boo-lous few days. Thank you to everyone who has taken part in the Westwood Halloween Pumpkin Trail.

“It was great to see so many people at the school tonight, enjoying burgers, cakes, popcorn and candyfloss, along with a host of spooky creations around the village trail.

“Money is being counted but we hope to have raised over £560 in the last three days, which is amazing.

“Thank you to everyone who baked cakes, flipped burgers, made tea and coffee and to everyone who has bought maps and completed the trail.

“Our biggest thanks to every household/family who created a wonderful Halloween display for our trail. Westwood, you are amazing.”

The trail took residents and visitors around the houses in Lower and Upper Westwood to raise funds for the school.

Last year’s first-ever Halloween Pumpkin Trail raised £381. Every completed trail map for this year’s trail will be entered into a prize draw.

So far, the funds raised over the last year have helped the school to provide visits from authors and performers; new phonics books; science, maths and forestry school days; a whole school summer activity fun day; wildlife habitats within the school grounds, and the completion of an all-weather outdoor activity track.

Other fundraising events planned during the winter term include a children’s disco on Thursday, December 9, and Christmas Carols on Friday, December 17.