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Craven College has been out in the community spreading Christmas joy to all in many dazzling performances and worthwhile charity events recently.

A Christmas Carol

Performing Arts students performed a traditional interpretation of Charles Dicken’s novella ‘A Christmas Carol’ at Skipton’s Christmas Market finale. This was a collaborative project between Level 3 students from Performing Arts Year 1, Fashion and Textiles Year 2 and Media Make-up Year 1 courses.
Working as a design team, fashion and textiles students created the costumes and media make-up students created the headpieces and make-up looks for the play.

Laura Lee Brennand, Lecturer in Art & Design said, “Working collaboratively with other departments in the college allows us to create live briefs that simulate real industry projects. Fashion students were inspired by the art movement Surrealism as this is a story full of visions, dreams and poisoned hallucinations. The fashion students worked really hard on the design and production of their costumes and created some fantastical designs. Their costumes were stunning. I am so proud of them all!”

Susan Hargreaves, Lecturer in Performing Arts added, “The Performing Arts students had the project brief to adapt the traditional storyline into 10 minutes, thus creating a short but concise play suitable for an audience standing. They kept many of the key themes and lines from the original to tell a genuine story which the audience enjoyed.”

To view their fantastic performance of ‘A Christmas Carol’ click here

Warm Space Festive Meal

Level 2 Catering students showcased their culinary talents by cooking and serving up a hearty traditional festive meal at Trinity St Andrews in Skipton at their ‘Warm Space’ Café. The Warm Space provides a safe and friendly place of support and belonging to local members of the community. Served to 35 people, the students dished up a delicious turkey dinner with all the trimmings, followed by a traditional Christmas pudding. YUM!

Cultural Christmas Fair 2023

Students at the College were treated to an event that brought together cultures from around the world and Christmas joy at the Cultural Christmas Fair 2023.

With stalls representing England, Ireland, France, Spain, Italy, Pakistan, India, China and Ukraine, visitors attending the fair were able to try their hand at traditional crafts and purchase food, snacks, and desserts which were sure to tantalise the taste buds.

With something for everyone, delights on offer ranged from candle melts, rooms sprays and carpet fresheners to relishes, jams, and chutneys.
Stall holders didn’t stop there, fun and festive activities included bracelet making, glitter tattoos, arts and crafts, boules, piñata, and Chinese lantern making. Students also could be whisked off around the globe, exploring tourist hotspots such as Buckingham Palace, the Glass bridge in China, Taj Mahal, Eiffel Tower, Barcelona, Venice through VR headsets.

Thanks to the generosity of the Craven College community, two bake sales saw the event raise a substantial sum for charity. with a variety of home-made sweet treats for sale for a fantastic cause.

Rudolph Tractor Run

Countryside and Agricultural students and staff took part in the third annual tractor run event, on what is now one of the local charity highlights of the festive period. The College team’s tractor was decorated in an array of festive lights and illuminated the route alongside more than 100 other tractors.
This year the route started from Otley making its way through Addingham, Silsden, Steeton, Sutton, Kildwick, Bradley and ending its journey on Skipton High Street. The event was a huge success and 1,000s flocked to line the route, raising money for Sue Ryder Manorlands Hospice and Yorkshire Air Ambulance.

The last day of term for students is Thursday 20 December and College will reopen on Monday 08 January.

We wish everyone a wonderful Christmas break and a Happy New Year.

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