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Friends of Great Waltham School

The FOGWS are a registered charity that raise valuable funds each year for our school.  Please support them as much as you can!

Hello all

As the newly appointed Chair of Friends of Great Waltham School (FOGWS), I wanted to tell you about our aims for this year as well as let you know why I decided to take on the role. 

Firstly I would like to thank our previous Chair, Mrs Whittaker-Axon, for doing such a great job last year. I know our family very much enjoyed the Christmas Bazaar and I was grateful for the very thoughtful Mother’s Day event.

So what is our aim for this year? We want to raise enough money to replace the track situated around the school field which allows the children to exercise one mile a day. 

We want our fundraising activities to encourage the children to be creative and active, but also for them to support and take part in the life of our local community, whether it is organising an art competition, or doing something sporty like a sponsored 3km run, or joining in with a seasonal celebration. While we know this year is going to be different in how we go about fundraising, we want to make it as fun as possible for the children. We do not want to put all the financial pressure on parents/carers, and we want to encourage ways to raise money with your extended family and friends too.

As for me, I am a full time working mum with experience in marketing and events who wants to give something back to the school. I would like to help raise as much money as I can for the children to have even more fun, but more importantly to support their education. 

Finally, I couldn’t do this on my own and would like to thank Miss Berry (Vice-chair), Mrs Bennion (Treasurer), Mrs Kiedish (Secretary) and all the other members of FOGWS who continue to volunteer their time to make this all happen.

We hope you too will want to help and join our events as well as support our efforts to raise enough funds to make a lasting difference to our school and our children’s education.

You can visit the calendar of events of our full plans for the year.

Please do get in touch, by emailing me at if you have any queries or ideas. 

So, please, help us get over the finish line!

Thank you for your support.

Lindsay Taylor