Friends of Pinewood
The Friends of Pinewood are a group of parents and staff, who organise fundraising events for pupils, parents and the extended Pinewood community. As well as raising money for the school and local charities, the events we hold bring people together in a fun, relaxed and social environment.
Review of the Year 2017-18
FOP’s charities this year were Sepsis UK, Maggies, Playgrounds for Palestine and Bourton Church. We also continued to support Rashida, a little girl through World Vision as well as sponsoring a Giant Tortoise, a Morelet’s Crocodile, a Humboldt Penguin and a White Rhino at the Cotswold Wildlife Park.
The total figure raised through this year’s events was over £18,000, a phenomenal figure, which has enabled us to give generously to our chosen charities and has paid for a number of new and exciting additions to Pinewood’s facilities.
Pinewood Bonfire Night is always an exciting event and this year on a cold, crisp and clear evening the children oohed, aaahed and glowed the night away. The display was the best yet!
We then moved on to the Christmas Fair, which always gets everyone in the festive spirit and this year was taken over by Leila Moseley who, in conjunction with Henrietta Hoyland, did an amazing job in getting new stall holders alongside old favourites, selling everything from socks to feather dustbins… Pre-Prep again made a huge contribution through their creative workshops, candles and personalised goodies as well as hosting Father Christmas in his grotto.
Quiz night was another boisterous, competitive affair with everyone kept in check and brains ticking over by our own quiz master extraordinaire Mr Benbow. Susan’s team in the kitchen produced a delicious chilli con carne to accompany the Mexican theme. First prize was won by the returning champs, but the wooden spoons were hotly contested also!
We wrapped up events with the FOP Summer Afternoon, which we think was the hottest on record! The children enjoyed hot dogs, ice creams and doughnuts galore after their exertions in House Athletics, whilst adults indulged in a cream tea or some Indian Street Food. Activities included an array of inflatables for all ages, Lucky Dip games, face painting and a very busy Pupil’s Revenge!
At the end of December 2017 we said ‘goodbye’ to our wonderful Chair, Amanda Barber whose cool, calm presence we will miss hugely. Thank you for all your hard work and we hope that we can fill your enormous boots!
Thank you to everyone who contributed in making these events such happy ones – here’s to the next year of memories at Pinewood!
As a committee, we have a lot of fun and are always looking for volunteers to help at events. If you think you would be interested in helping us, please speak to Sasha Kennedy or Henrietta Hoyland.
Sasha Kennedy – Chairman
Gemma Bird – Vice Chairman
Victoria Preston – Secretary
Fi Spencer-Jones – Treasurer
Leila Moseley – Christmas Fair
Anna Cotton Smith