November 2017 FoML Update

By November 23, 2017 No Comments
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

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