The Willy Wonka bazaar

School pupils at Newton Bluecoats school have set up the Bluecoat Bonbon Bazaar as part of enterprise week

School pupils at Newton Bluecoats school have set up the Bluecoat Bonbon Bazaar as part of enterprise week

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FORGET everlasting gobstoppers and hair toffee – it was handmade fudge and shortbread biscuits making these mouths water.

Willy Wonka took a backseat as children at Newton Bluecoat School set up their very own chocolate factory and opened the doors to the Bluecoats Bon Bon Bazaar.

After a week of business lessons and sweet making, Year Three and Four pupils at the school, near Kirkham, enticed their fellow youngsters with goodies in a bid to raise enough money for new play equipment.

It is all part of the school’s Enterprise Week, and teaching assistant Joanne Lowcock said: “The kids have had an absolute whale of a time.

“Elaine Silverwood, from Kirkham bookshop and cafe Silverdell, came in to talk about setting up a business and the children had lots of questions for her.

“The idea was they thought of something to produce, made it and then sold it. Whatever profit they can then spend in their classrooms on play equipment.

“I took a picture of Silverdell’s chocolates to show them and they’ve been making fudges, truffles and shortbread.

“They’ve also been doing the labelling and advertising throughout school.

“The resource area has been covered in icing sugar!”

For the 50 youngsters it was a chance to get messy in aid of a good cause, and seven-year-old Lewis Weaver said: “I’ve had a wonderful time making shortbread, fudge and truffles.

“It smelt good in the oven while we were cooking it. I got messy and when I was washing up I got wet.”

And in a true Willy Wonka style there was an added incentive for the rest of the school to purchase the goodies – a golden ticket with a voucher for Silverdell was hidden in one box of treats.

Eight-year-old Liam Stubbs added: “I liked the bit where we made the chocolates and the shortbread. On Friday we sold the chocolates and we made some money to buy something for playing.”

All the school’s classes have been taking it in turns to show off their enterprise skills to the rest of their pals.

The infants produced key rings to sell and years five and six are preparing to set up a bath bombes business.