Booking bungle spoils St Monans end of term

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GUTTED school pupils had their end of term leaving party cancelled due to a booking blunder just half an hour before it was due to begin.

The St Monans Primary School P7 leavers do was scheduled to take place in the village’s Masonic Lodge on Friday, however, a mix-up over the hall’s booking resulted in the Lodge’s Master refusing to hold it at short notice.

Over 60 people were due to take part in the farewell party, but when Master Rodney Berg arrived for a meeting at the venue he announced to pupils, parents and teachers that there was no way the party was getting started as members were scheduled to hold a meeting on the premises and turned them all away.

Mr Berg told the Mail on Monday that an “error of judgement” and a “breakdown in communication” between Lodge members meant the hall was booked to the school when it shouldn’t have been.

However, furious party organiser Caroline Kilbane claimed that just half a dozen Lodge members were taking part in the meeting, and said the pupils were distraught at being turned away.

She added: “We had the hall already decorated, a limo had been booked for the pupils and then with about half an hour to go the Master arrived and cancelled it because he said they had a committee meeting.

“It was absolutely diabolical and disgusting to do that to the kids - they just couldn’t believe it.

“We booked the hall back in April so surely if they were due to have a meeting somebody would have realised before now?

“There were only about five or six people there for the meeting so they could have held it somewhere else to let us have the party.”

Fortunately for the pupils, one of the school parents was able to stage the party at her home, with the decorations from the hall quickly transferred there while the children were taken on their limo ride.

In response, Mr Berg denied he had been a deliberate party pooper and said that Lodge committee members had not followed the due process when making the party booking and had since apologised for this. He told the Mail that members were due to discuss important Lodge business so had to make the difficult decision to cancel the pupils’ leaving party on the night.