Present – Jules Tyler, Lizz Nunn, Sarah Woods, Theresa Elder, Jane Baker, Joanna Crisp, Amy Woolnough, Klara Curtis, Amanda Eglington, Lou Grogan, Jess O’hara, Helen Devine, Kelly Backhouse, Tina Morley, Emma Whittaker
Apologies – Kate Ellis, Natasha Sones and Jess Mattin
JT opened the meeting, welcoming new and returning members. Went over last years AGM minutes – what fundraisers were successful -Grandparents lunch, Harvest festival refreshments, Hampers and Christmas cards were all very popular and good fundraisers.
JT asked if anyone wanted to take on the role of Chair or Vice Chair- no takers so JT and LN to continue as Chair and Vice Chair on the proviso they are able to delegate more to other members. This has prevented the friends folding.
JC remaining Treasurer – LG to assist
NS remaining as Social Media Manager and sharing the Secretary’s role with LG.
KE and AE resigning from Secretary.
JC summarised the financial report for the year- overall the balance is lower than last year, due to awaiting the second and final grant payment for the redevelopment of the wildlife area. Once that money comes in it will look considerably improved.
JT wrote a piece for the newspaper about the wildlife garden – SW has said thank you for all the hard work. The wildlife area will be officially opened on 13th October, with teachers, friends members and school children making and installing bug hotels after school.
JT advised we can claim “time in kind” on the grant for volunteers and teachers assistance in the wildlife garden which will help with funds. Puddle suits for the wildlife area- LN making an application to the parish council for funding.
Fundraising this year
Tuck shop- whilst not a massive money maker the children (and teachers!) thoroughly enjoy the tuck shop, so it will be continued. JB to organise a rota – year six students to be asked if they want to man the tuck shop. Also more expensive sweets to be provided as the penny sweets are not as popular. JC organising a restock.
Emma Wray, LG and JB organising
JB organising an email to go out from School office asking for Harvest hamper donations- tinned and packaged products only, plus cake, sausage roll etc donations on the day (17th October) for refreshments and a tinned or packaged item for the food bank- one per child. LN providing a vegetable hamper.
Nothing for Halloween
Dress down day 2nd December
Refreshments following KS1 nativity on 9th December.
At this time no volunteers to take the lead on organising a Christmas fayre. Instead we will be offering refreshments at school after the Christmas church service, with raffles, hampers and Santa’s grotto for the kids. JT organising.
SW to confirm date with church- provisionally aiming for 14th December
J O’H to wrap any gifts.
TM organising raffle prize request letters.
JB and KC organising hampers. Santas grotto- wildlife area to be decorated and lit up.
EW organising friends Christmas do.
Bingo and bangers- at village hall- date tbc – EW organising- most likely in the spring.
Easter- AE to organise. Tracey Anderson and Emma Wray have been volunteered to assist.
Camping and BBQ and Year six leavers bash- EW to organise and liaise with school.
Year six leavers hoodies- SW to arrange
End of year disco- JC, KC and AW to organise
Next meeting – TBA