Who are the Friends of Holbeach?
You are! All staff, parents and carers are automatically part of the Friends of Holbeach, and we need your help!
Friends of Holbeach (FoH) is a charitable organisation that raises funds to support Holbeach Primary School and is run exclusively by volunteers like you – parents, carers and other members of the local community.
Here’s a photo of the current FoH Committee. We don’t think we look like a particularly representative sample of the school community. What do you think? We’d like your help to change that.
Any and all support makes a difference. We know everyone is busy but even a small amount of your time can make a big difference! You can contact us using the links below, ask around in the playground, attend one of our regular meetings or events or simply donate by clicking on the button below.
Facebook: Friends of Holbeach School
We have lots planned for the year ahead; here are some of the dates agreed so far. If you have time to help at these events, great, but you can support us by just coming along! Buy a cake from the bake sale, bring your children along to the disco, donate a raffle prize, enjoy a burger and a game of Hook a Duck at the Summer Fair!
|Event||When is it?|
|September Coffee Morning – 9am (Compound Coffee, Catford Mews)||Friday 23rd September 2022|
|Friends of Holbeach AGM – 8pm (School House)||Wednesday 5th October 2022|
|Play Street and Tabletop Sale – cakes and Halloween items – Doggett Rd (after school)||Friday 7th October 2022|
|Friends of Holbeach Drinks – Drinks from 7.30pm at Ninth Life. All welcome||Friday 7th October 2022|
|October Coffee Morning – 9am (Compound Coffee, Catford Mews)||Monday 10th October 2022|
|Spooky Disco||Friday 14th October 2022 (Nursery, Reception, Year 1 – 4pm – 5pm; Year 2, 3, 4 : 5.15pm – 6.30pm; Year 5, 6: 6:45pm – 8pm)|
|November Coffee Morning – 9am (Compound Coffee, Catford Mews)||Friday 11th November 2022|
|Holbeach Family Film Club – 4pm (The Fellowship Cinema)||Friday 11th November 2022|
|Play Street and Christmas Jumper and Decorations Sale – Doggett Rd (after school)||Friday 2nd December 2022|
|December Coffee Morning – 9am (Compound Coffee, Catford Mews)||Monday 5th December 2022|
|February Coffee Morning – 9am (Compound Coffee, Catford Mews)||Monday 27th February 2023|
|World Book Day Play Street – Doggett Rd (after school)||Friday 3rd March 2023|
|Spring School Disco||Friday 10th March 2023 (Disco 1: Nursery to Year 2 – 4pm-5:30pm / Disco 2: Year 3 to Year 6 – 5.45pm – 7.30pm)|
|March Coffee Morning – 9am (Compound Coffee, Catford Mews)||Monday 24th March 2023|
|Coronation Play Street – Doggett Rd (after school)||Friday 5th May 2023|
|May Coffee Morning – 9am (Compound Coffee, Catford Mews)||Friday 12th May 2023|
|Family Fundraiser Bike Ride and Picnic for The Ella Robera Foundation (10am at Holbeach)||Sunday 14th May 2023|
|Family Fun Run and Picnic||Saturday 7th June 2023|
|Summer Fair – 11:30 to 3pm||Saturday 8th July 2023|
The money we raise directly supports our children’s learning by subsidising all educational visits and helping to purchase equipment as requested by the school.
In 2021/22 our fundraising supported educational visits, funding for the installation of a new sound system for assemblies, support for emergency provision for families experiencing poverty, new musical instruments and a gift for every new joiner and leaver to the school.
This year, 2022/23 our top fundraising goals are:
1. Subsidising educational visits
2. Funding the conversion of an unused classroom to a Science and DT lab
3. Support for emergency provision for families experiencing poverty
4. Funding the purchase of musical instruments for the school
In addition to vital fund-raising, the events we organise get the children involved in projects outside the classroom and give them a real sense of pride and belonging in their school community.
We organise events throughout the school year, including bake sales, a Christmas jamboree, school discos and the ever-popular Summer Fair. We rely on generous donations of time, energy and resources from all corners of the school community to make these events successful.
We also offer support to the school in various other ways– for example in helping with the planting and green spaces in the playground, providing snacks for the nursery classes, purchasing leavers gifts for out-going Year 6 children, and filming the Christmas shows.
FoH also exists to help parents and carers meet, share ideas and concerns, socialise and have fun and, above all, become a visible and positive presence in our children’s experience of school.
This year we hope to run more events for parents to get to know each other and have fun outside of school. In addition to a Book Club, Fun Run, and Big Half running event we’re looking at starting Dance Classes, a Cinema Club and a sponsored bike ride. We hope to have many more social events like Pizza and Quiz Nights in 2022. If you have any other ideas, please let us know.
Co-Chairs – Hannah Williams & Michael McDermott
Treasurer: Natasha Newbery
Secretary: Rosie McIntosh
Committee members – Natalie Simpson Smith, Paula Farley, Maria Green, Claire Marks, Lara Moss
Registered charity number: 1073532
Did you know that whenever you buy anything online – from your weekly shop to your annual holiday – you could be raising a free donation for Holbeach Primary School?
There are nearly 3,000 retailers including Amazon, John Lewis, Aviva, thetrainline and Sainsbury’s, who will donate a percentage of the amount you spend to Holbeach to say thank you for shopping with them.
It’s really simple, and doesn’t cost you anything. There are no catches or hidden charges and we will be really grateful for your donations.
All you have to do is:
1. Go to FOH fundraising page:
2. Sign up for free
3. Get shopping – your donations will be collected by easyfundraising and automatically sent to FOH. It couldn’t be easier!
There are no catches or hidden charges and we will be really grateful for your donations.