Busy time at Circus School

A busy 2 months for the School, not only have attendances increased at Highfield Circus Club on Wenesday evenings, Many bookings have been undertaken.

  • Thornton Cleveleys Gala. Workshop with Roger and Lee yiang
  • Arnold School Charity Fun day. Workshops with our students
  • Blackpool Council employees day at the Winter Gardens. Entertainment by our students.
  • Preston University, 3 days experience for year 11s
  • Witton Park High School, Blackburn
  • Bedford High School, Leigh. 6 Taster sessions for year 5s
  • St Peters Primary School, Lytham Summer Ball, our students entertain.
  • Visit by the children of Chernobyl to Circus Club at Highfield.
    Thanks to Peter Westhorpe (Deputy Head) for his help.
  • Summer bookings for 2 days a week at Ribby Hall Leisure park.
  • St Annes Carnival, our students took part in the parade and helped with the workshop in Ashton gardens.
  • Arnold Summer School with Roger and lee Yiang Holy Cross Higrh School, Chorley with Yuri & Tonya
BBC2 Saturday Club filming

BBC2 Saturday club televised from Bispham High School. 10 Teachers and students took part in this first outside broadcast.

Annie Get your Gun

Annie get your gun at the Marine hall, Fleetwood. 4 of our students provided a professional performance for the Irving Berlin musical staged by the Thornton & Cleveleys Youth Theatre

Back to Back ring Juggling

Annie get your gun at the Marine hall, Fleetwood. 4 of our students provided a professional performance for the Irving Berlin musical staged by the Thornton & Cleveleys Youth Theatre

The Poulton-Le-Fylde Annual Gala

Our Circus students score again at the Poulton-Le-Fylde Annual Gala. Five of our students rode unicycles and juggled with clubs, balls and diabolos as the parade wound its way through the streets of Poulton.  The crowd was amazed to see such youngsters performing with the level of ability that they showed.

Our unicycling students in Poulton town centre

Our unicycling students in Poulton town centre

When they arrived at Cottam Field, the crowd joined in the workshop and helped other youngsters to have a go.  Not only youngsters, but adults are getting more and more into Circus skills, as witness the lady on the balance boards below having a great time!

An increasing number of enthusiastic adults has led to the continuation of the 5 week adult class held at Bispham High School on Thursday evenings. Adults from 16 year olds can now come to an evening for a one of payment of £5. Students that started the course 3 weeks ago can now juggle, throw the diabolo and stilt walk. They are now moving on to unicycles and strap-on stilts!

 member of the public has a go

A member of the public has a go

Blackpool Circus School Open Evening

The first open evening for Blackpool Circus School was a great success. Parents and members of the public were treated to an outstanding display by Circus students followed by the presentation of achievement certificates.

Frank Carson presenting Holly with her certificate

Frank Carson presenting Holly with her certificate

Frank Carson also presented a cheque for £1000 to Trustees of the Circus School.
The event took place at Highfield Humanities High School and the photograph is by kind permission of Peter Westhorpe, Deputy Head Teacher.

Presentation Evening Wednesday 18th May 2005

Free and open to all at the sports hall, Highfield High School. An open workshop will be followed by a display from our students and direct from their much acclaimed performance at the Grand Theatre, “The Easy Riders”

The Easy Riders

The Easy Riders

Adults only Circus skills classes

In conjunction with Blackpool Life, Blackpool Circus School are starting a 5 week course of juggling classes at Bispham High School stating on 19th May from 7:00 to 8:30 pm.

The 5 week course costs only £25 and includes juggling, diablo, devil sticks and unicycle tuition.The course is backed by Blackpool Life, an initiative to make Blackpool healthier and happier place to live

Blackpool Life - Rise to the challenge

Blackpool Life - Rise to the challenge

You are never too young to learn new tricks!

Take Buddi the clown, he decided that he wanted to add juggling to his many talents. He joined the Circus club at Highfield School on Wednesdays even though he is in his eighties!

A few years ago he suffered throat cancer and has to speak through a device in his throat. He visits Schools on a voluntary basis and demonstrates the risks of smoking. Below is a photo of Buddi in motley, which is Circus talk for make up and costume. If you wish to invite Buddi into your School, please email him on bernardwbeetles@onetel.net

Buddi the Clown

Buddi now learning juggling with Blackpool Circus School

Bispham High School opens new north wing building

Blackpool Circus School took part in the opening of the new north wing building at Bispham High School. Mrs Joan Humble MP declared the building open on Friday, 8th April. The Circus students from Beacon, Arnold and Stanley Junior schools took part in a presentation to mark the opening.

Presentation for the opening ceremony

Presentation for the opening ceremony

It is hoped that the Circus school will use the facility at Bispham to forge closer links with the performing arts School. There will be an adult class starting at Bispham on the 19th May. It will run for 5 weeks from 7-8:30pm and the cost will be £25 for the course.

Presentation for the opening ceremony

Presentation for the opening ceremony

Donation helps fund equipment purchase

On Friday the 1st April a cheque for £450 was presented to George Holden, Honorary Secretary of Blackpool Circus School. The cheque was presented by Dr Steven Reid, Assistant Grand Master for the Masons. The award was bid for by John Topping, Deputy Head of Bispham High School.
He applied to the West Lancashire Community fund for Circus equipment for Blackpool Circus School.

On the photo from left to right is Yuri Gridneff, teacher, Mark Fishwick, student ,  George Holden, Dr Steven Reid and John Topping.

On the photo from left to right is Yuri Gridneff, teacher, Mark Fishwick, student , George Holden, Dr Steven Reid and John Topping.

Arnold School Visit

30 January 2005 was the date for the annual visit by Blackpool Circus School to Arnold School.
Every year a Sunday is set aside for Arnold pupils to experience the fun of the Circus in their sports hall. The children had the opportunity to try their skills at Juggling, wire walking, unicycling and for the first time this year, Acrobatics with Lee Yeoung, the latest addition to the teaching staff.

At the end of the day, parents were invited to an hour long performance by the children to show of their new found skills. One of the highlights was the Rola Rola by Mark Fishwick in his clown costume. Junior Head teacher, Colin White started this event 4 years when he took charge at the School.

This event will be followed up by 2 weeks of Summer school at Arnold on the 11th and 18th July. Details can be obtained from Mr John Storey on 01253 356508 (evenings 6pm onwards)

Famous Tower Circus Ringmaster visits Circus club.

Norman Barrett, now with Zippo’s Circus came to see the youngsters practising their skills at Highfield Circus Club. He was very impressed that the young people were being taught correctly by ex Circus artistes and was amazed by the standard that had been achieved in so little time.