Parents who serve breakfast to Fairport Cropredy Convention goers call on locals to join them

More than 3,000 breakfasts were served to Cropredy Festival goers last year to raise money for the local school. NNL-160629-102719001
More than 3,000 breakfasts were served to Cropredy Festival goers last year to raise money for the local school. NNL-160629-102719001

Cropredy Primary School parents who have been serving breakfasts to festival goers for more than 20 years are urging locals to take advantage and help them raise money.

Each year 60 volunteers brave all weathers to provide around 3,000 breakfasts over three days for campers attending the Fairport Cropredy Convention, which this year is taking place between August 11 and 13.

Attendees can enjoy breakfast in a bap with a bottomless cup of tea and help raise money for the pre-school.

Speaking to the Banbury Guardian, Jane Pavia-Davis, who has been part of the organising committee for the past three years, said: “We have people say they come every year. It is amazing.

“Some people come first thing in the morning and it is what they do every year. It is a massive thing. There are four of us organising it and none of us work in catering.

“All the food is sourced locally – local farms provide the eggs and meat and the bread comes from Fine Lady Bakeries.”

She added they had been badly affected by the rain over the past few years, so this year would be hiring a marquee, and would be attempting to sell coffee.

The team serves breakfasts between 6.30am and 12.30pm. Volunteers usually get up at around 5am to set up and, after breakfasts have been served, they work through until 2pm clearing up.

Mrs Pavia-Davis said they wanted to encourage people to come from Cropredy village and enjoy a breakfast while helping a local cause.

She said: “There is a huge choice for campers and every year we notice there are more people selling food. We have got more competition for the campers and we want to invite local villagers to come and see what’s going on. Every single penny goes directly to the children. Previously we funded an online maths resource. A small school like ours wouldn’t normally be able to afford it.

“From last year’s takings, we are purchasing computers for every single year group and this year, we hope to fund tablets.”

She added she wanted to encourage more volunteers to help out, adding: “It is a laugh, a really nice atmosphere, unless it is torrential rain, then it can be challenging.”

Volunteers work in two shifts, from 6.30am to 9.30am, and from 9.30am to 12.30pm. Volunteers are particularly needed for 6.30am on Sunday.

Anyone wanting to help can email fairportbreakfast@gmail.com.