The Friends of Brailes School (also known as FOBS) is run by an enthusiastic group of parents, supported by staff and many helpers, who give their time to run an exciting range of events over the year to raise money for our school. A spectacular bonfire and firework display, Christmas Fair, the Three Hills Walk with the pavilion committee and summer fete with St. George’s Church are just some of the events we run over the year and have become definite village favourites.
In the past few years we have given money to enhance the school environment and its resources. This has included purchasing laptops, books and other materials to support the curriculum. Contributing towards the redevelopment of the school library. The provision of trip allowances for each class to subsidise educational outings, funding water bottles, book bags, Easter eggs, Christmas presents and an annual trip to either the theatre or cinema for every child. We have given financial support for visits to the school from visiting authors during book week and paid for the whole school to join in ‘Singtastic’ workshops. The money raised really makes a difference to the children and staff.
If your children attend Brailes we consider you a ‘friend’. We have a committee which meets regularly throughout the year to plan and organise exciting events to raise money to support our great school. Anyone can get involved, by joining the committee, helping to run the events or just coming along to support. Do feel free to come along to a FOBS Meeting, they are informal and sociable. A good way to get to know other parents!
If you would like to come along to a meeting either…
contact Rachel Locke (Chair) firstname.lastname@example.org,
visit our Facebook page Friends of Brailes School(FOBS)
or see the latest school newsletter to find out what we are up to!
Bonfire and Fireworks Spectactular
Thank you to everyone who came and supported our bonfire night. Nearly 800 people enjoyed the fantastic food, biggest ever bonfire and fabulous fireworks in front of a beautiful beaver moon. The event takes an enormous amount of work to put on and special thanks must to to George Locke and his firework lighting team, Chris Corbett and his bonfire building team, Iona Corbett and her refreshments helpers, Katie Haycock for organising the most pallets ever, all our marshals, gatekeepers and anyone else who helped. We made around £2000 profit on the night and this will go toward new staging for the school to use in musical and theatrical productions.
Ferret Racing – September 2017
Many people were not quite sure what to expect when we started advertising our ferret racing night! The Village Hall was packed with all ages, the cheering raised the roof and jacket potatoes with fillings followed by ice cream kept the energy levels up. We raised just over £1000 towards some new staging for the school. This came from ticket money, tote betting, refreshments and the kind sponsorship of El Cafe, E.H Spencer’s, Creature Comforts, Safari Island, Coach & Horses Banbury, R Synge Concrete, Moo Meadows and The Forge Garage. Many thanks must go to all the helpers on the night too.
Three Hills Walk – May 2017
Many thanks to FOBS for organising a brilliant Three Hills Walk, with over 1300 taking part on bank holiday Monday, climbing Castle Hill, Brailes Hill and Mine Hill in aid of FOBS and Brailes Sports Pavilion. It was lovely to see so many families from Brailes (and Acorns and Shipston Primary) taking part too.
Thank you to everyone who baked and donated cakes, as well as all the helpers who came and served refreshments and did their stint washing up! Over 630 portions of cake were served! A particular mention must go to Jo Taylor and Iona Corbett for co-coordinating the refreshments, helpers and all the support they gave to the Three Hills committee on behalf of FOBS. The return of the walk was a great success and we believe we will have raised between £5000-£6000, which will be split between FOBS, the Pavilion and other organisations that helped.