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Friends of Long Bennington Academy Association (FSA)



19th September 2018



Dear Parents/Carers,


The year’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the FSA will be held at 7:30pm on Thursday 11th October 2018 in the school hall. A copy of the Notice of the Agenda is attached.


It is a very informal meeting and is an opportunity to meet with present members of the FSA committee and others. Tea, coffee and biscuits are available from 7.30 pm after which there is a short formal session to receive the chairs report, treasures report and elect new members to the committee. There will also be the opportunity to put forward your own ideas for fundraising and potential projects.


All parents/carers automatically join the FSA. There is also a Committee which is elected at the AGM or Committee meetings. It is important that every year we have fresh new faces and fresh ideas on this Committee. For all existing and new parents this is a great way to get involved with the Long Bennington Academy and be part of what makes the School so special. The FSA and Committee only work with your support.


The Committee meets throughout the year to organize and manage a year round program of events. Examples of previous events include the Summer Fete, Bingo and Chips night, Mothers/Fathers Day pop-up shops and school disco’s. Some events are targeted at children, some are for families and all events include an element of fund raising. We also fundraise by other means such as clothes collections and grant applications.


Once elected each member of the Committee can stand for up to three years in any one role. This year after reviving the FSA and putting in many hours and relentless energy to put on some fantastic events our Chair, Linda Bell, has decided to step down. We are therefore looking for a new Chair as a minimum and ideally a Vice-Chair to give additional support to the Chair and other Committee members. If anyone would like more information about the role of the Chair or Vice-Chair, including an informal chat please email


I would encourage you to come along to the AGM and meet other parents who are keen to help with fund raising – it is a very good way of getting to know others and of feeling part of the Long Bennington Academy community. Please do not feel you have to join the FSA committee, though you would of course be most welcome, if you can simply help on the day of an event that would be great.


Thank you for your continued support.


Yours sincerely


Katie Roebuck


Secretary FSA

Long Bennington C of E Academy FSA Constitution

Bingo Night Success !

Bingo Night Success ! 1 Bingo cards at the ready
Bingo Night Success ! 2 Bingo underway
Bingo Night Success ! 3 Chip butty anyone?
Bingo Night Success ! 4 Our first winner!


Summer Fair Success


Huge thanks to everyone who came to the Summer Fair last Friday. It was a great evening of music, refreshments and entertainment. We’d like to say a massive thanks to the children who entertained us with their dance and gymnastics routines and for Year 6 who dazzled us with their stalls.


We raised a massive £1,738 after expenses which is just brilliant so thank you!


We’d also wanted to say a BIG thank you to all the volunteers who helped out before, during and after the event. Without your support we would not be able to hold events like this. So please accept our heartfelt thank you.


Thanks once again for all your support.


Welcome to the Friends of Long Bennington Academy Association, or FSA for short. We are a small group of  parents  and friends of the school who organise family and fundraising events to raise funds to provide extra resources for learning and play - all of which enhance our children's school day.


We run discos, pop up shops and the School Fair we also help staff with Christmas Parties.  We welcome everyone, there's a lovely team spirit, it's hard work but also great fun.  Our open not just to parents but grandparents, aunts, uncles and members of the local community.


If you would like to become involved in the F.S.A. and meet other parents and friends, please contact the school.

Exciting news first! We received a donation of £500 last week from the Rotary Swimarathon

So a big thank you to everyone who sponsored children who took part and of course the children for doing a great job on the day.

Donations wanted! Could you donate any of the following for the school fair this Friday!!

. Bottle of wine

· Bric a brac

· Chocolate (for the tombola)

· Cakes

· Raffle prizes


If you could please can you drop them off with school reception (apart from the cakes). If you’d like to donate cakes could you bring them in on Friday to ensure they stay fresh.

Final ask. If you have a gazebo that you are happy to loan us for the fair please could you let school reception know. We hope they’ll be needed to offer shade from the baking sun but you never know they may have other uses.

Look forward to seeing you all on Friday J


FSA Summer Fair

Help! Raffle Prizes and volunteering for the summer fair


With only 12 days left until the summer fair we need your help!


Raffle prizes. We already have some great prizes kindly donated by Whittakers, the Reindeer and Sharricks to name but a few but we’d love to have some more.


So if you own your own business and would like to offer a prize then please do get in touch with school reception who will kindly take down your details.


We are still looking for more volunteers to help us put on this event. We can’t do it without the kind support of volunteers and more hands make light work!


If you're interested do please contact school reception who will take down your details and we will be in touch.


Many Thanks, The FSA.


FSA Update


We would like to say thank you for all the support and donations you’ve given us recently. From the Bags4Schools, Father’s Day pop up shop and sports day we’ve raised a whopping £497. This will be added to the money raised so far this year and go towards buying the school new PCs.

We’d also like to say a big thank you to our volunteers Joanne, Isobel, Penny, Jessica, Claire, Nicola, Anne, Janine, Sarah and Victoria. We could not run these events without you.

There are still ways you can get involved and become a volunteer (Yr5,6 showcase and the summer fair). Either fill in the form on parentmail or contact school reception.

Thank you once again, The FSA

Father's Day 


The Father's Day pop up shop is back and open for business this Thursday and Friday (15/16th June). It’s a great opportunity for your child to choose that perfect gift for their dad. Gifts are £3.00 each and come beautifully wrapped. For every gift sold the school will receive, on average, £1.50!


All funds raised from this and other FSA activities are going towards providing new school PC's.

Thanks The FSA.

Mother’s Day Gifts

Dads don’t worry we have the solution!


Your children need look no further than school to find that perfect Mother's Day gift.


Each gift is £3.00 and comes beautifully wrapped. By purchasing your Mother’s Day gift from school not only do all the mums get a great present but the school does too. For every £3.00 spent the school gets 60p. The money raised from the pop up shop will go towards funding new PC’s and outdoor play equipment.


The pop up gift shop will be open on 23/24th March (Thursday/Friday).


We also wanted to say thank you to Gill, Andrea, Tamasin, SallyAnne, Ann, Tracey, Linda and Ruth for your help at parents evening last week; we wouldn’t have been able to offer refreshments with out you.


Thanks, The FSA







BIG THANK YOU to everyone who bought refreshments last week at parents evening. We raised £65.00!!


If you’d like to get involved in the FSA there is a meeting on the 15 March. Starts at 7.30pm in the Royal Oak, Long Bennington.

Do come along. Everyone is more than welcome and more hands make light work!


Watch out for information from the FSA on the Mother’s Day Shop and the Yr 3/4 production.


Thanks, The FSA

Up and Coming Events

Up and Coming Events 1

Shout out – help needed for parents evening!

Dear Parents and Carers

What’s the one thing that would help make parents evening that bit easier? A hot drink and a biscuit I hear you say!!

Well the FSA (Friends of the School Association) would like to come to the rescue by offering refreshments but we need your help.

We are looking for volunteers to help man the refreshment table for just 1 hour at a time. Each evening we’ll need a minimum of 6 volunteers to make this happen: parents, carers, grandparents all welcome!

All we need you to do it let us know which day and time you can do. You can do this by Parentmail or on email by the 3rd March.

Tuesday 7th March

Wednesday 8th March








We’ll then let everyone know if refreshments will be available by the 6th March.

If this works well we’ll look to offer refreshments at other school events.





Cake Raffle

Due to the amazing response from so many of our parents, our Cake Raffle Rota is set until February 2018.

This also means we will be able to raffle TWO cakes per week.

We are so grateful to all our parents generosity in supporting this event.

Thank you.

See below for our Cake Raffle Rota - we have used children's names and classes to avoid confusion. If you find you are unable to submit on your week, please let us know by the Monday before your turn and we can do a bit of a shuffle.

When submitting a cake that is home made, please could you put the ingredients on a slip of paper that we can attach to the cake to support our school community that have food intolerances and allergies.


Cake Raffle Rota 2017-18


Fathers Day pop up shop 


Our Fathers day pop up shop was very successful, we actually sold out of presents. We hope dads and granddads were happy with their presents.


Friday 1st July 6pm-8pm


Summer Fair


On Friday 1st July we will held our Summer fair on the school field. The evening started well with a sunny, but slightly breezy evening, all was going well until we were suddenly engulfed in a downpour of rain and a hurricane force wind blew through the fair, (well it seemed like a hurricane at the time). It was time for stallholders to hold onto their gazebos. After sheltering from the rain in the beer and face painting tents and class 10 for 20 minutes the sun came out and the fair recommenced.

The raffle was drawn which took a little longer than normal as we had 35 prizes. A full list of raffle prize winners will be displayed at school and if you are a lucky winner your prize will be sent home with your child. (unless it is alcohol and we ask that you collect that from school).


Thank you to everyone who supported the fair, donated prizes or helped on the day.

We believe we have made £1595 which is brilliant considering the weather.


Thank you