Category Archives: Friends of Pinewood

Year 1 Trip to the Cotswold Wildlife Park

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On a bright October day, the Year One children went on their first ever school trip, to the Cotswold Wildlife Park in Burford. The excitement of a coach journey was overwhelming, with many children using words such as ‘awesome’ and ‘cool’ before we even got to the park. The children delighted in watching the penguins being fed and going into the Madagascar enclosure, with many lemurs basking in the sunshine and birds flying up above. The new additions to the Wildlife Park, three lion cubs, were adored by all, and the children were able to watch a giraffe eating hay from very close proximity. The train journey around the park allowed the children to see many of the animals as well as the opportunity to wave at the general public!  The children also had the opportunity to listen to a talk given by a Keeper on ‘owls’, learning about the significance of the colour of owl eyes. We are very lucky that Friends Of Pinewood sponsor some of the endangered species at the park, and we were able to see both the Humboldt penguins and the Morelets crocodile, two of the animals sponsored by FOP. A fun day was had by all!

For more photos from the trip please go to the Photo Gallery.

Friends of Pinewood Summer Afternoon

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We are delighted to announce that we raised over £920 at the Summer Afternoon last week. We are very grateful to everyone who came and supported us and to all those who kindly volunteered their time to help run stalls. We are particularly grateful, however, to 100 Chai Street from Marlborough. Run by the Roy family, they sold their very popular street food from all parts of India. They gave up their time to run the stall at the Summer Afternoon and only charged us for the cost of the food, so all their profits came to Friends of Pinewood. Please do pay them a visit next time you are in Marlborough.

Thank you!

Friends of Pinewood


Friends of Pinewood Quiz Night

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A huge thank you to everyone who supported us at Quiz Night towards the end of last term; we are delighted to announce that we raised in the region of £1500, which will go towards  our annual charitable donations and Friends of Pinewood fundraising projects within the school.


Christmas Fair News

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A big thank you to everyone who worked so hard to make this such a wonderful event. We are really delighted to announce that the Christmas Fair raised in the region of £8,800, which will go towards the charities we are supporting this year (Swindon Women’s Aid, SeeSaw, Smash and Prospect House) and FOP projects at school.

Bonfire Night

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Friends of Pinewood are thrilled to announce that we raised £3,976.72 at Bonfire Night last week. This is a fantastic (and record breaking) sum of money, which will go towards FOP projects at school and our charitable donations (this year we are supporting Smash; SeeSaw, Swindon; Women’s Aid and Prospect House) . Thank you to everyone who helped us and supported us on the evening and particular thanks to the parents who generously donated the wonderful fireworks.

More photos from the evening can be viewed in the Photo Gallery.


Pinewood Ceramic Remembrance Poppies

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Do please also take a moment to look at the wonderful ceramic poppies from last year’s Tower of London’s memorial to the outbreak of World War One, that are on display in the Hall. This is a Friends of Pinewood initiative, provided  with monies raised from the various annual events that, as a fantastic team, they put on for all of our benefit. The display will be a permanent and poignant fixture in the Hall for the Pinewood community with a dated plaque due to arrive shortly.

£ I.4 million was raised through the sale of the poppies and we are so pleased and grateful to be part of this and to have received 7 of the 888,246 that were sold.


Friends of Pinewood Charitable Donations

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Thanks to all the wonderful support from the Pinewood community over the past year, Friends of Pinewood have been able to donate £1000 each to three very worthwhile local charities: Splash Wiltshire, Bag4Sport and Seesaw. We are really thrilled to be able to give so much to these charities and they are very grateful for our support.

Thank you to everyone who has attended FOP events and helped us by manning the various stalls and activities. We look forward to seeing you at our two events this term: Bonfire Night on 6th November and the Christmas Fair on 5th December.

Please click here for more information on Friends of Pinewood and how to get involved.

Friends of Pinewood Summer Evening

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A huge thank you to everyone who supported us at the Summer Evening, despite the awful weather!

We are thrilled to announce that we made £1474, which is an amazing achievement and all thanks to all our wonderful volunteers and all of you who braved the conditions by attending.

The amount raised will be split between our charitable donations to Splash, Bag4Sport and SeeSaw, and projects within the school.

Thank you!

Friends of Pinewood

Friends of Pinewood Quiz Night

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A huge thank you to everyone who supported us at Quiz Night, we hope you had a really enjoyable evening and well done to the winning teams. As ever we are enormously grateful to Quizmaster Extraordinaire, Jim Bischoff for the excellent, challenging and varied questions, and to his team of markers and data inputters (Philip & Henrietta Hoyland, Chris Field and Nick Cooper) for all their help on the evening.

We are thrilled to announce that we made £1787.15!

Friends of Pinewood Committee