… and relax!


Well, Hayfield Country Show is at an end now and I think we can say without any doubt that it was a great success for Holly’s Footprint. The weather was unusually summery – Country Show regulars will know from experience that this is not always the case –  and there was a good crowd in attendance. It’s been an incredibly busy couple of days (and indeed for the week or two before hand) and I think most of us are ready (and deserve) to take a moment to chill out.

Through the many, many, MANY generous donations of cakes, biscuits and brownies and of time spent manning the tables, painting faces, collecting around the site with “Brian and Lois” (the teddy bears), selling quiz sheets we have raised a considerable sum of money which we’ll let you know about when it has all been totted up.

We need to thank EVERYONE who has contributed to this weekend’s event. So many people have given their time and skills without a second thought to make it a success… it’s truly humbling. And of course everyone who bought items or donated need to be thanked too. THANK YOU ALL.

I will say a particular thank you to the organisers of Hayfield Country Show who have been very generous and accommodating to us, to Chris Smith who loaned us his event shelter for the weekend, to St Johns Church for the tables and to Andrew Thatcher of Monster Displays who kindly supplied our banners.

Now begins the task of reuniting the many thousands of  tins, trays and Tupperware with their rightful owners.

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The Great Hayfield Bake-off

biscuitsWe’ve started to receive some of the generous donations of baked goods from people in the village in preparation for this weekend’s Hayfield Country Show, including these lovely biscuits with our logo wonderfully rendered in icing by Michelle Jones and this giant cupcake by Karen Garlick. We are so grateful for the support everyone is showing us… thank you.


The weather is supposed to be fine so fingers crossed that there’ll be no “soggy bottoms”.
So remember to pop in and say hello if you’re up at the Show over the weekend.


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A Wristband Development

bandsFirst of all, apologies for the terrible pun! But more importantly we need to say a huge thank you to the students and staff of Hope Valley College who have raised just over £200 for Holly’s Footprint through buying our wristbands over the last week or so. We are truly astonished by your generosity and enthusiasm and this will go a long way towards helping us reach our goal for Peak School.


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Picture Quiz – Win £50!

HF Picture Quiz Sept 2013As we’ve mentioned, we’ll be at Hayfield Country Fair and Sheepdog Trials this weekend.

One of the items we’ll be selling to help us raise funds for musical equipment at Peak School will be a “Family Fun Picture Quiz”.

For those of you who can’t get there, the quiz is available online now.

The picture sheet contains 100 zoomed in images of various things. They could be famous people, places, logos, buildings, characters etc. All you have to do is name as many of them as you can on the answer sheet, add your details and return it to the address indicated.

Closing date is Saturday 19th OCTOBER 2013.

The winner of the £50 prize will be the person with the most correct answers. In the event of a tie, names will be put in a hat and drawn at random. The winner will be notified via the contact method they have indicated. The judge’s decision will be final.

Once an order is made a PDF file of the quiz will be e-mailed to your address. Print off the answer sheet, fill it in and post it back to us by the closing date.

The price of the quiz is £2 (+ 28p to cover Paypal fees).

Thanks for your help.


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Our First Event


Holly’s Footprint will be attending Hayfield Country Show and Sheep Dog Trials on Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd September (that’s next weekend).

This will be our first event and we have a stall selling home made cakes that have been generously baked and donated by many of our friends and supporters. We will also have a Family Picture Quiz sheet with a winning prize of £50, button badge making, wristbands and on each day a 100 Square Raffle, the winners of which will go home with a rather large teddy bear.

You can visit the show website here

This annual event attracts a lot of visitors to the village. Beyond the agricultural aspects of the show there are bird of prey displays, stunt bike displays, archery, a climbing wall, live music as well as food, craft and beer tents so there’s plenty to make a fun day out.

We hope to see you there. All we need now is the weather!

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Spirited Away raffle donation


A special thank you needs to be said to a Mr Ben Bow of Devon. I only know him through a shared interest on the internet and I’ve never met him but he generously raffled off his much sought after “Spirited Away” print by British artist Olly Moss and in so doing has raised £259.50 for Holly’s Footprint.

Thank you so much Ben – we’re very touched.

I will have another copy of this print, along with the one Olly Moss did for Howl’s Moving Castle, as part of the next print raffle I do next month.


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T-shirt Donation

PBmockupA couple of weeks ago, some internet acquaintances put some t-shirts for sale with $5 from each shirt being donated to Holly’s Footprint.

When sales closed they have raised $310 (Canadian dollars) for our little project for which we are very grateful. A massive thank you goes out to Derek Collier who did the design and to Nathan Jones who will be doing the printing.


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Drew Struzan “The Thing” screen print raffle

1001943_197479960427773_1000834161_nLast weekend I raffled off my signed, limited edition screen print of “The Thing” by film poster legend Drew Struzan (you may not know his name but I can guarantee you will have seen his work many times before).

The raffle raised nearly £500 ($800) for our project so thank you to everyone who entered.

The winner was Michael Finnegan from New Jersey in the USA. Congratulations Michael… hopefully your print will be with you by now.

There will be another print raffle in September/October. Due to kind donations from other collectors, artists and galleries, this time there will be at least 30… count ’em… 30 prints up for grabs including work by Aaron Horkey, Olly Moss, Tyler Stout, Laurent Durieux, Martin Ansin… the list goes on. So keep checking back for details.

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Welcome to Holly’s Footprint

holly5sWelcome to our new website. Here you’ll be able to keep up to date with news of what we’re up to,  events we have planned and how you can help. We’ll be keeping the Facebook page going at the same time if you prefer to find out that way. You can find us on Facebook here…

A REALLY big thank you needs to be said to Gareth Lancaster for getting the website set up for us (and for being on hand 24 hours a day when I inevitably make a mess of it all).


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