'The Friends'

of Hempsted C. of E. Primary School

January 2023 Friends' Update

Reminder of dates for your diary

10th MarchSpring Disco (infants and juniors) info to follow.

March 31st Easter non-uniform day

Either bring a £1 as usual or bring an Easter Egg to donate to the raffle! The Friends will have a drop off spot in the playground. 

Easter Hampers – Raffle tickets on sale from the 20th March.

7th MayHempsted School and Village Fete


To tie in with village celebrations, the date of the School Fete has changed to SUNDAY 7th MAY (instead of the bank holiday Monday 8th advertised in the newsletter) please do get the new date in your diary! We look forward to celebrating the King’s Coronation with the wider village as well as the School on this weekend.

Second hand uniform sale

We were thrilled to have received a good number of uniform pieces, thank you so much for these. We had a limited uptake on people needing uniform on this occasion, but still feel that this will be a useful service to provide. So…we will hold on to the uniform and have a stall at the upcoming fete and again in the summer term for you to have ready for the inevitable summer holiday growth spurt! If you have any items in the meantime, please do give them to your class rep and we will add them to the other items. We are in particular need of bigger sizes so if there are any juniors outgrowing things (and have no younger siblings coming up behind them!) we’d absolutely love them!

Christmas Movie Nights

We enjoyed two film nights at the end of term and raised £380 from the attendance and sweet buying! We want to say a big thank you to Lidl for providing the popcorn for the event! It was very yummy and the children enjoyed it thoroughly!

Also a big thank you to the Friends who came and helped on the night, manning popcorn, sweets, taking children to toilets and cleaning up a couple (that is a small understatement!) of spills. We are also very grateful to the staff who also stayed and made it possible. We look forward to doing this again, watch this space!

Nativity coffee mornings

We really enjoyed hosting the coffee mornings on the 3 mornings before the Infant Nativities particularly given it was a very cold week and the playground would have been very chilly! Again thank you for your support. We made just over £60 which is brilliant considering we weren’t planning this to be a fundraising event. Thanks again to the Friends who helped with serving tea and coffee.

And finally, roll up roll up the circus is coming to town…. Save the date 16th September 2023!! Tickets will be available in the summer term.

Gloucester Lottery Tickets

Are you supporting Friends of Hempsted via the Gloucester Lottery yet?

Tickets cost just £1 a week!

Some reasons to sign up:

1. Support Friends of Hempsted School (50% of ticket sales go directly towards Friends fundraising)

2. Support local causes (a further 10% of ticket sales go towards other local charities and causes in the Gloucester area)

3. A chance to win £25,000 every week in addition to a number of other prizes!

Sign up at the following website, selecting 'Friends of Hempsted C. of E. School' as the cause: www.gloucesterlottery.co.uk

If anyone is interested in joining the Friends' organising team or if you were keen to volunteer for one of the above events please just get in touch.

We are a really friendly bunch with children in all different years. Our next get together is for sweet packing with mulled wine! Everyone is very welcome and if you’d like to know more I’d be very happy to have a chat with you about how it all works.