May 2018 FoML Update

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Reception Film Night

The children watched Paddington 2. It was a little bonkers but a great fun evening. Thank you to everyone who helped to make this event a success, we managed to raise £433 profit from this event which was FANTASTIC!

Freeze Pop Fridays

To accompany this beautiful weather we have held a number of Freeze Pop Fridays at school pick ups. These have generated a whopping profit of £108.50.

Gift Aid It

This month we have managed to claim back from HMRC £1,145 for the sponsored Manby Mile and for last year’s sponsored dance too. This is brilliant news – it’s like FREE MONEY. Thank you!

Manby Fest 2018

All the advertisements are out for Manby Fest. Our first music festival with all the usual Summer Fair stalls and lots lots more! It’s going to be an AMAZING event. Please come along and support on 9th June 2:00 – 5:00.

Monies raised so far this year

Thank you for your generosity. We have now RAISED a fantastic…

Key Dates

25th MayReception Cake Sale

9th JuneManby Fest Music Festival and Stalls

13th June – Father’s Day Shop

13th July – Summer Ball at Silvermere Inn on the Lake

April 2018 FoML Update

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Infamous Manby Lodge Quiz Night

A big thank you to everyone who came to support our quiz. Special thank yous go to Neil, Helen Waddington and Graham Douglas for once again creating and running a unique night of entertainment and to Toni Reynoldson and Simon Tarr for the smooth running of the bar.

We are delighted to say that not only was the event good fun but it raised £1,521.80 for our children to benefit from.

Year 1 Film Night

On the back of the success of our first film night for Year 2 in January, we held the same event for Year 1 children and siblings in March. The children voted to watch The Boss Baby.

It was a great atmosphere and the children certainly enjoyed the hotdogs, popcorn and the opportunity to watch a film in their PJs with their friends. Thank you to everyone who helped make this event a success –  we managed to raise £320.20 profit from this event.

Year 1 Cake, Egg Cup and Wrist band sale

Thank you so much for all the cakes baked and donated by Year 1 parents – wow! We were overwhelmed! We took £290 from this sale on the last day of term, and for this being an early school finish this was fantastic!

Collectively the sale and the film night raised £610. This equates to £203 to each Year 1 class. Next term the focus will be on the Reception classes!

Key Dates

11th May – Reception Film Night

25th May – Reception Cake Sale

9th June – Manby Fest Music Festival and Stalls

13th June – Father’s Day Shop

13th July – Summer Ball at Silvermere Inn on the Lake

Easter Animals

Despite the wettest day of the year so far, the children loved meeting the animals from Mill Cottage Farm who came to visit us at Easter. This activity was funded by monies raised from you – thank you!

Monies raised so far this year

Thank you for your generosity. We have now RAISED a fantastic…

Key Dates

25th MayReception Cake Sale

9th JuneManby Fest Music Festival and Stalls

13th June – Father’s Day Shop

13th July – Summer Ball at Silvermere Inn on the Lake

Sponsored Manby Mile

The children completed walking, running, hopping, jumping a Manby Mile on 23rd March for Sports Relief and the FoML. It was great fun and the children had a fantastic time. Thank you to all the parent helpers who made the event such a success.

The children had a great time and we managed to raise a staggering £2,334 of which half of this was paid to Sports Relief. Thank you!

February 2018 FoML Update

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Year 2 Film Night

We held our first ever Film Night for children and their siblings from Year 2. Lots of lessons were learned but on the whole this was a massive success. The children enjoyed watching Captain Underpants with their friends whilst eating hotdogs and popcorn.

And as a result it raised £337.51 for the Year 2 class teachers

Year 2 Sale

Year 2 Cake, Valentines Rose, and Wrist Band Sale

Our first cake sale of the year was a great success. Thank you Year 2 parents for your time, energies, efforts and kind cake donations.

Collectively with the additional sales of Valentine roses and Manby Lodge wrist bands it raised £269.21.

Collectively the sale and the film night raised £606. This equates to £202 to each Year 2 class. Next term the focus will be on the Year 1 classes! WOW!

Monies raised and spent so far this year

Thank you for your generosity. We have now RAISED a fantastic…

Big events this Summer

We have two committees forming for 2 big events this Summer:

Manby Fest – our very first music festival on 9th June
Annual Summer Ball – celebration for parents to mark the end of the school year

If you would like to be involved in the planning of these events, please let us know. We want to involve as many people as possible in making these events AMAZING!

Key Dates for the next Half Term

Year 1 Movie Night
16th March

Manby Mile Sponsored Walk in support of Sports Relief
23rd March

Easter animals
28th March

Year 1 Cake and Egg Cup sale
29th March

December 2017 FoML Update

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Christmas Fair

Thank you to everyone who took part, came along and generally supported our Christmas Fair. What an amazing afternoon of family fun!

We will soon be able to confirm how much profit the fair made. It is likely to be over £4k, more information to be confirmed soon. We were nervous as to whether the atmosphere would be affected given we brought the time forward to coincide with the lantern parade. HOWEVER, the feedback we have received says that this wasn’t the case. Our fabulous entertainers made sure that the atmosphere was Christmassy and just perfect!

A special thank you to Louise Cote and our very own Steve Bird for this.

Wizard of Oz

This year instead of the Christmas Parties, we used the FoML monies raised to pay for each and every one of our children to watch and take part in a pantomime hosted by the Hobgoblin Theatre Company. Our children had a fantastic time…oh yes they did!

Key Dates this next Half Term

12th January
PTA meeting in the school hall at 9am

26th January
Movie Night (more details to follow)

23rd February
The Infamous Manby Lodge Quiz Night


Best Dressed Stall

Congratulations to Cygnets who won the best dressed stall as judged by Mrs Creasey. Avril, Clare and Jeanette were awarded with the trophy for 2017. Mrs Creasey was especially impressed with the children’s artwork incorporated into the stalls. Well done Cygnets!

Christmas Raffle

Wow – we received over 50 prizes altogether from our generous donors. Thank you to our Christmas Fair Committee who sought these from local companies. It’s not an easy task and we really appreciate this.

As a result, the Christmas Raffle itself raised over £1k of profit. Thank you!

FoML Priorities


Strengthening our links with the local community and ensuring everyone has the opportunity to be involved.

Increasing awareness of a healthy balanced diet and exercise, supporting Sports Relief and the BNF Healthy Eating Campaign.

Supporting awards that the school is working towards.

Looking back and forwards at tax relief and funding opportunities.

November 2017 FoML Update

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Hello and Welcome

Our first half of the Autumn term is already in the bag and Christmas is looming. Where has time gone?

It has been great to meet so many of you at the AGM, the New Parents Welcome drinks, the Pumpkin Parade and the Christmas Fair Planning Meetings.

We have been blown away with your support. This is going to be a great year!

Helping a Latvian Orphanage

Thank you for all of the second hand uniform which was donated back to school. 16 bags full of uniform which carried the old Manby Lodge logo has been sent to an orphanage in Latvia.

They will be thrilled – thank you!

It’s so lovely to help other children in the world – especially those who aren’t as lucky as our little ones.

Our New Committee

Elaine Henderson
& Deborah Stewart


Kate Currie
Vice Chair

Charlotte Drury

Shivaun Butterfield

Usborne Books

With your shopping orders we have managed to generate around £100 worth of free books for our school library. Thank you!

FoML Costume Swap Shop

We have created a Facebook Group to enable us to borrow costumes from one another for our little ones for Christmas Shows, Books Weeks etc.

You can find this linked to our Friends of Manby Lodge Facebook Group or by following this link Swap Shop

2017/18 Target

We would like to raise £15k for the school this year to improve the facilities in the hall by providing lighting and staging

Manby Fest ‘18

Replacing the Spring Fair, we are hosting our first music festival on 19th May 2018. Currently we are looking for bands / musicians to support this fabulous event.

If you can help, please contact us – we’d love to hear from you. We want to make this an event that the whole community looks forward to each year.

FoML Priorities


Strengthening our links with the local community

Increasing awareness of a healthy balanced diet and exercise, supporting Sports Relief and the BNF Healthy Eating Campaign

Supporting awards that the school is working towards

Looking back and forwards at tax relief and funding opportunities

Pumpkin Parade

This year the parade was held on Halloween. Including a glow-stick sale. We raised £403 from this. Thank you!

FoML Spend this Term

You have invested £305 of charity funds to purchase 4 new cameras. These cameras will enable timely updates to Marvellous Me and to the Manby Lodge Newsfeed – thank you.

Additionally, you have invested in the fabulous new playground markings and the lovely new frog! – thank you.

To replace last year’s Christmas parties – we are delighted to announce that the Hobgoblin Theatre company are coming to perform their pantomime of the Wizard of Oz to all of our children on the 11th & 12th Dec. The cost of £800 has come entirely from the donations received in 2016/2017 – thank you.

Key Dates this Term

Christmas Fair Donation Day
24th November at drop off and pick up

We are looking for good condition table-top sized toys for the toy sale stall and empty clean 2 litre plastic bottles for our eco-lantern stalls as well as:

Reception: small wrapped nut-free chocolates for the sock choc challenge stall (unless you are providing items for your own stalls then just donate those).
Year 1: unopened bottles for the bottle tombola stall.
Year 2: £2 donations towards gifts for the grotto.

Christmas Raffle 2017
24th November
A book of 5 raffle tickets will be placed in your child’s book bag on Friday 24th November for you to purchase by giving £5 and returning the completed stubs to your Class Rep. The raffle this year is amazing with over 40 fantastic prizes with some prizes exceeding £200 in value. More tickets are available. You have to be in it to win it! The draw will be made on Thursday 7th December 2017.

Christmas Wreath Making Workshop
28th Nov from 8:00pm
Get into the festive spirit and book your place on the festive workshop. Just £29.50 (or £24.50 if you have floristry snips) for all the materials, tools and tuition to make your own stunning wreath for your door or table to take away on the night.

Christmas Fair 2017
Sat 2nd Dec 1.30 – 4:00
The biggest date in your calendar THIS YEAR. The Christmas Fair will take place in the playground for children, parents, families… please spread the word! We want to have fun, create some Christmas magic and raise funds for our PTA charity. 100% of all profit will directly benefit out children.

The plan is then to join the Weybridge lantern parade at 4pm from Baker Street, flying the Manby Lodge flag/lantern!

Ensure that you check the school calendar for more key dates and information.

Did you know…

Did you know that whenever you buy anything online – from your weekly shop, your Christmas presents to your family holiday – you could be collecting free donations for the FoML AND it doesn’t cost you an extra penny!

Head to our easy fundraising page to join. Every time you shop online, go to easyfundraising first to find the site you want. After you’ve checked out, the retailer will make a donation to FoML for no extra cost.

It’s as easy as that! Thank you for your support!

Keep in Touch

Visit our FaceBook Page:
Friends of Manby Lodge

Or drop us a line:
friendsofmanbylodge @

July 2017 FOML Update

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What a fantastic year! A huge thank you to everyone who has supported our events, lent a hand, donated time and expertise, and helped us raise such a fantastic amount to help our school.

We have raised…

Amazing! THANK YOU!

Our End of Term Summer Ball at Silvermere raised over £8,000 to help the school. It was a wonderful evening full of fun and friendship that really brought our parent community together. Thanks to all who attended and to the Ball Committee who did a fantastic job organising such a wonderful event.

The money we have raised together makes such a difference to our children’s school lives. Together this year we have provided:

£1112 Towards school photocopying costs
£1500 Contribution to school fencing
£2000 Contribution to resurfacing the reception outdoor area
£2300 New Trim Trail Play Apparatus
£1750 Creating the School garden
£1800 Musical instruments, and amps
£2000 Enrichment activities, including dance, drama, music and first aid workshops.
£1000 Directly to class teachers through the class cake bakes, for extra classroom resources

March 2017 FOML Update

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The sun is out and spring has sprung at Manby Lodge!

The children loved meeting the baby animals who visited from Mill Cottage Farm Experience this week. They held baby chicks,  brushed the goats and donkeys and even fed the lambs! PTA money paid for this surprise spring time treat, so thank you for supporting us and making events like this possible.

In other events this term, Reception classes enjoyed dancing along with DJ Jay at their very first school disco, and the Bedtime Stories we all shared on World Book Day were absolutely mesmerising!

We have now reached a totally amazing…

Thank you to everyone who generously supports our events, what a great caring community we have at Manby Lodge!

The quiz night raised £1520.54, and the children raised £2365.79 at the Sponsored Dance, well done! The Mother’s Day Surprise Shop raised over £250 (and counting) as well as making lots of us smile on Mother’s day!

PTA Projects: How the money is being spent….


We have spent £1500 clearing, building and renovating the brand new school garden for all of the children to enjoy as the weather gets warmer. There are plans for fences and sheds, and to sow and grow herbs, veggies and flowers for bees and butterflies too. It’s looking brilliant but we need to do a little more work to get it going and growing!

Why not join one of our “Family Ground Force Days”? Bring the children to school for an hour on a weekend morning to help us plant, sow and dig and really make the garden their own! Look out for dates and details via email and Facebook after the holidays. If you want to get involved please do get in touch:  or, Instagram: Friendsofmanbylodge,  to know more.

Playground Fencing:

We have just invested £1500 to help the school provide beautiful rainbow picket fencing to complement the canopies, and finish off the outdoor learning spaces for the Year 1 classrooms ,and around the garden area. We cant wait to see it in place after the Easter break.

Save the date for the “Manby Lodge May Fair” on Saturday 13th May, 12- 2pm in the school playground. Celebrate spring time with stalls, games, food, entertainment and fun!

Summer Ball, Friday 7th July at Silvermere Inn On The Lake. Tickets are £50, including reception drinks, canapés, dinner and dancing and will go on sale at the start of the new term. Tables are limited, so register your interest now with your class reps or by email at Don’t miss this magical summer’s evening of fun and fundraising to celebrate the end of the school year in style.

January 2017 FOML Update

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Another fantastic half term at Manby Lodge has flown by, and we have been keeping warm this winter with lots of activities to get us moving!

Year 1 enjoyed dressing up to boogie on down at their Disco. And all of the children danced their socks off at the Sponsored Dance. A huge well done to all of them!

Remember to hand in your sponsor forms and money to your reps or the golden box by Weds 22 Feb.

We have now reached a magnificent…


Don’t miss the Quiz Night! Friday 24 Feb 7.30pm in The School Hall

The legendary Manby Quiz returns…. Cash bar, snacks, and lots of laughs guaranteed. Get your team together ( max 8 ) for what is always a fun evening, filled with useless knowledge!

Tickets on sale through your class reps, £10 per ticket (inc pizza supper)

PTA Projects; Get Involved!

Garden Ground Force Team:

We are working to renovate the school garden area and are looking for green fingered folk to help create this fabulous outside space for our children to enjoy. If green is your thing and you would like to help, please get in touch

Manby Lodge “Summer Ball” Planning Committee:

Plans for our summer extravaganza in July are underway. We are looking for volunteers to join the team to help stage what will be a fun and glamorous event to celebrate the end of the school year in style!

If you want to get involved please do get in touch: email or find us on Facebook.

December 2016 Update

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Thank you to everyone who came along and supported the Christmas Wonderland Fair.

We are thrilled to announce that the fair raised just over £4500! A huge Thank You to all the parent volunteers who gave their time to make this wonderful, fun and festive event possible. The atmosphere was truly magical, the children had a great time, and our amazing parent community really pulled out the stops to make the event as amazing as can be! Thank you to everyone involved!

So far this term we have raised a staggering…

What a fantastic start to our fundraising year!

Together we have raised:

£371 from class cake bakes
£17 in uniform sales
£103 from the Pumpkin Parade
£142 from our Firework Night Glow stick Sale £303.20 from our School Calendars
£4529 at the Christmas Fair ( including £1000 from our Grand Raffle)
£158.80 from the children’s Christmas stars

The end of term PTA Christmas parties were great fun and the children were all very excited to celebrate with their friends.

Father Christmas also made another stop at Manby Lodge to surprise the children in their classes during the last week of term!

We wish you all a very Merry Christmas, and Happy New Year, and look forward to another wonderful year working together to help our school be the best it can be in 2017.

October 2016 Update

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Welcome to the Autumn term Year 1 and Year 2,  and a big hello to all new Reception parents and carers joining us this year.

It was great to meet so many of you at the New Starter’s Coffee Morning and Welcome Drinks. We hope you and your children are settling in well and getting to know one another.

We had a staggering turn out for our first PTA meeting of the year. Thanks to all for showing such fantastic support! Its going to be an exciting and fun filled year.

Our New Committee:

Kate Currie and Helen Waddington – Co Chairs
Samantha Lock – Vice Chair
Charlotte Dury- Treasurer

Committee Members:

Lisa Bailey, Laura Hollinger, Emma Sefton, Claire Sceats, Athalie Tarr, Sarah Barter, Louise Bernau, Deborah Haywood.

Please find any of us in the playground for a chat and to share your ideas, or you can contact us through your class reps.

Keep in touch

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Last year our fundraising total reached a dizzying…

The classroom canopies that we have been saving for are due to arrive soon!

FoML has contributed £25k to buy these wonderful canopies. The difference they will make to how the children can use their outside space will be amazing. Thank you! Your hard work and donations have made this project possible.

Other ways in which our funds have helped the school over the last 12 months:

£2000 towards the new library,
£2000 towards classroom enhancement activities,
£2000 towards school photocopying,
£1295 towards ICT equipment.

Our new fundraising target for this year is £15,000

Ways that we would like to help the school include:

  • New equipment and resources to improve the school playground and garden areas
  • ITC: Buying new Learning Pads for use across the school
  • Improvements to the audio and lighting equipment in the school hall
  • Helping to create a “music room” for the school to enjoy

We’ve had our first Cake Bake of the year. Lion class raised a fantastic £177. Half of funds raised go directly to buy extra resources for your class, so a big well done Lions!

Will Tiger class be able to better this at their sale in November?


The Pumpkin Parade on 20th October looks set to be lots of fun. Don’t forget to bring your £1 donation along with your entry at drop off!