With a year and a half at the helm of the Friends under my belt, I am delighted to report that not only are the Friends of Tockington Manor’s fund raising skills going from strength to strength, but the sense of camaraderie amongst both our occasional helpers and those who roll up their sleeves on every occasion is motivating more and more and parents, ex-parents and staff to join in with our fund raising activities. I find it very rewarding to be told by committee members how much they enjoy being a member of the “FOTM” clan, not least because, I know the more we enjoy our roles the more successful our events are likely to be.

This Autumn term the Friends of Tockington Manor will be holding the following events,

  • Saturday 20 October Quiz Night in the school hall 

  • Friday 9 November Bonfire Night in the Colonnade and Top field

  • Friday 23 November Christmas Fair  in the school hall

Last year our fixtures included,

October-Quiz Night

This was an informal gathering in the school hall over a fish and chip supper. Parents, their friends and staff competed in teams for the much converted prize of bottle of champagne. An evening of brain taxing in good company was enjoyed by all.

November- Bonfire Night

This popular entry free event always attracts a wonderful turn out.  There is an enormous bonfire in Top Field and a disco in the hall. The Friends fund raise by providing a barbecue, a bar and a plethora of child friendly stalls in the colonnade to ensure a great time is had by all those who attend.

November- Christmas Fair 

The free to enter Christmas Fair, where stall holders paid for the privilege of selling their Christmas crafts and produce in our festively decorated school hall, was a new venture for the Friends of Tockington Manor. We sold teas, coffee and mince pies to the stall holders and their customers and received nothing but compliments for the superb variety and quality of the successful applicant’s wares. Our event provided a convenient Christmas shopping opportunity for local people and parents alike and was so successful that some stall holders re booked their stall for this year immediately.

March- Wine tasting evening

Organised in conjunction with Majestic Wine, our intimate Pavilion based gathering was a sell out. While two wine experts took us through the wine tasting, knowledgeable attendees competed for a very special bottle of wine while the Friends provided a superb cheese and salad supper.  In so doing another very convivial evening was created.

July- Summer Ball

Our annual summer ball is always the highlight of the Tockington Manor School social calendar and this year was no exception. Our year 8’s arrival in two fire engines, with sirens at full volume, kicked off an exemplary evening. The marquee was decorated to reflect the sapphire theme which commemorated the Schools 65th birthday and, after a four course meal, our guests danced the night away to the highly acclaimed Rolling Stones tribute band, The Rolling Clones.

Each and every one of our Friends events have not only provided enjoyable, well attended social opportunities to get to know fellow parents and staff but they have also produced handsome returns for the benefit our children. The £15,331 raised from our endeavours this year will once again purchase items to enhance our pupil’s education.  We have already made gifts of £8349.60 for a variety of purchases which include whiteboards, a projector and a PA system for the swimming pool.

Every minute of the committee’s hard work reaps rewards for our children and by working in tandem with Richard and Jane Tovey to create an enjoyable and productive fund raising team, I am proud to say we have excelled ourselves once again.

For this unfaltering dedication and tireless commitment, I would like to extend my heartfelt thanks.

It is hard to believe we are fast approaching the end of the school year and because of this are now nearing the completion of the full schedule of events I spoke of in the autumn term. All that remains is to pull together the final details of  our Sapphire Ball on Saturday 14 July before we break up for the summer holidays.
Each year our summer ball provides a wonderful formal occasion on which to socialise. It is the perfect opportunity for parents, friends, staff and of course, our special guests, the year 8’s, to relax over a three course meal, listen to a live band and a disco while dancing the night away on the final evening of what usually proves to the busiest day of the school year.
I would to take this opportunity to thank all those who are helping to make this evening of entertainment at an event which promises to be the perfect end to a very busy term and say I look forward to seeing you there. 

Anita Williamson
Chairman FOTM

Please don't hestitate to contact me on 07968 508941 if you would like more details about up and coming events or would just like to know more about getting involved with the Friends of Tockington Manor. I warm welcome awaits you.
With the festive season a fond but distant memory and the New Year already well underway, the Friends recently met to plan our fund raising events for both the Spring and the Summer terms. This year is most definitely a celebratory one as, not only is it the Queens Diamond Jubilee, it is also Tockington Manor Schools' sixty fifth birthday and for this reason we hope to make each and every occasion an extra special one.
See below for a sneak preview of what we have in mind;

·        Saturday 3 March

     Wine tasting with a light supper in the school hall

·       Monday 19 and Tuesday 20 March

          Play Drinks in the interval of the much anticipated form plays.

·        Monday 7 May

     TMS 65th birthday party offering fun and participatory things for the children to do, a cricket match to watch and a variety of light refreshments as well.

·        Saturday 14 July

TMS Sapphire Ball (so named because it is the gem stone representing 65th anniversaries) is a wonderful formal occasion and the perfect opportunity for parents, friends and staff to relax over a three course meal, listen to a live band and a disco while dancing the night away on the final evening of what always proves to be a very busy term. As is tradition, we invite the year eight leavers to this otherwise all adult event.

Over the coming weeks we will advertise full details of all we plan both in the Tracker and by email.  Here’s hoping you will be able to join us at these very sociable fund raising opportunities run by the Friends for the benefit of the children at Tockington Manor School.

Anita Williamson
FOTM Chairman

If you would like to become involved with the Friends please do not hesitate to contact me on 01454 228562 or 07968 508941. A warm welcome awaits you.