Funds raised at a village festival have been donated to a High Wycombe primary school.

The village of Speen dusts off a huge marquee and produces a two-week festival to showcase local creative talent every year.

From small beginnings in 2001 - a pageant to mark the passing of the Millennium - the festival has grown into two extraordinary weeks of music, theatre, art and adventure.

It is run by the community, for the community, with young people playing central roles, directing, shaping and participating in events.

An important goal of the Festival is to stimulate and nurture young people’s creative interests and skills, and to spread the ‘festival magic’ within and beyond the neighbourhood of Speen.

Funds raised by successful events are ploughed back into initiatives like the annual ‘SpeenSchoolFest’, in which local children and teachers have fun doing art and music projects in collaboration with other schools.

Organiser Cat Cook said: "Following the 2019 festival, we chose to donate money to Oakridge Primary School in High Wycombe, where teachers have developed an impressive plan for new learning activities, embracing drama, music, art and design.

"It will be exciting to see how teachers use this opportunity to inspire pupils and enrich their learning experiences across the curriculum."

The presentation of the cheque, as well as the launch of an Oakridge School art competition happened in a special celebration on Thursday, January 16.

Head teacher Stuart Cook said: "The reaction of the children when the cheque was unveiled was lovely.

"The children responded with gasps and a spontaneous round of applause.

"Like the children, I am extremely grateful for the money given to us from the Speen Festival.

"We will be using it to develop the arts at Oakridge and give children enriching experiences that they would not usually have."