FOLS is the Friends Association here at Longstone School. This might include parents, teachers, grandparents and members of the community. We raise funds by organising regular events, both in and out of school. The monies raised from these events are used to fund activities, equipment and special experiences, to support and enhance the learning of your children. Please come along to our next meeting or one of our upcoming events listed below. We'd love to see you there!
Social Events For Children And Families
Children love getting together out of school hours, so we plan a range of events during the year including a Summer Sizzle, Easter egg hunts and Activities, Quiz Nights, Winter Disco and Christmas Bazaar to name but a few.
The school is always under pressure to provide an ever widening range of extra curricular activities and there is a constant need to enrich the resources available to all children. Over time, FOLS has raised funds towards new IT equipment, a new kitchen, the school hall, a greenhouse and many more class-based resources such as books, maths games, wet play activities and sports equipment. In 2017 we have been hard at work raising funds for new outdoor play equipment for the children to enjoy, develop skills and learn from.
We also support the school in contributing towards theatre, poetry and design workshops as well as trips to visit galleries or museums. As a Voluntary Aided Church School, the school community has to fund 10% of large building projects - in 2015 we finished raising £34,000 towards the redevelopment of the school building. Something we are very proud of and grateful to everyone who has supported this.
Please see below for some of our upcoming and recent events.
Sponsored Bike Ride
18th May - 10th June
During the weeks around half term we would like to invite your children, and as many of your family as possible, to get out and active whilst raising money for FOLS by taking part in a sponsored bike ride.
Below is a list of routes that could be used on the Monsal Trail; however, feel free to do this wherever or whenever you can! It doesn’t have to be local if you are on holiday or not able to get to the trail.
Bakewell Station to Hassop Station = 1mile
Hassop Station to Longstone Station = 1.3 miles
Longstone Station to Monsal Viaduct = 1 mile
Hassop Station to Millers Dale = 5.5 miles
Hassop Station to Blackwell Mill = 7 miles.
Feel free to mix it up if you don’t have a bike, or can’t ride yet, use a scooter or even walk or run the routes. We have attached a sponsor sheet for you.
Have fun, and add pictures of yourself on our Facebook page! All participants will be put into a draw to win 1 of 3 vouchers for Hassop Station Café and shop.
Friday 29th June 6pm-8pm
Our annual summer event is back!
Come along and have a burger, a glass of fizz and let the kids play on the bouncy castle, have their faces painted and have a picture taken in the photo booth with their freinds.
This is a wonderful social gathering for the end of the school year and we look forward to seeing you all there!
Easter Activities 2018
This Easter there was another 'Eggcellent' array of decorated eggs in school. Thank you to all the children that entered the competition. The standard was so high, once again.
We will post photos of all of the entries on our FOLS Egg Decorating Comp page soon. In the meantime please find a few pictures below.
Pancake Day 2018
The children (and adults!) enjoyed devouring some very tasty pancakes, with a wide variety of yummy toppings, in celebration of Shrove Tuesday. Thank you to Sue Carter and Hattie for all their hard work preparing and serving the pancakes. We sold 103 in total!
We hope you and your children all enjoyed the Winter Disco on Friday 9th February. The infants had lots of fun joining in with the party games and dances and the juniors loved that they had picked their own playlist. It was great to see them dancing and singing along to their favourite songs and performing their routines. Thank you to all the volunteers who helped on the night and for supporting this event.
Christmas Bazaar 2017
Thank you to everyone that came along to the Christmas Bazaar. As always, this was a very popular event that was enjoyed by both the children and parents.
The visit from Santa and his reindeer made it extra special and we raised an amazing £1,586.86!
We had lots of fun afterschool with all the infants and their families. It was great to meet all of the new families in school too.
Co-op Collection - Bakewell Store
Thank you to all of our smiley volunteers who gave us an hour of their time and helped us to raise £195.80!
Morrisons Bag Pack
Thank you to all of the children and families who took part in the Morrisons Bag Pack on Saturday 16th September.
The total amount raised was £457.62!
Thank you to Morrisons, Buxton for allowing us the opportunity to fund raise in store and thanks also to Stewarts of Bakewell, for providing the balloons to attract even more attention to ourselves!
FOLS took part in the village fete along with school and many other stall holders from the local community. It was a great afternoon with lots of delicious treats and games to enjoy. It also helped us to raise £241! Please see below for some pictures of the day.
On Friday 7th July we held our Summer Sizzle which was a huge success. We hope that everyone enjoyed the food, music, bouncy castle and photo booth.
Thanks to everyone who helped to organise and staff the event and of course to all those who came, supported us and enjoyed themselves.
You helped to raise a whopping £1,192 that night!
We Need You
It is always an exciting time to be involved in FOLS and everyone is welcome to come along to our meetings and get involved as much or as little as they can. Why not have a look at the document below to get an idea about what being a committee member or class representative involves. One thing that it most definitely is, is rewarding.
Leaf 4 Life
Would you like to create a lasting memory of your child's time at Longstone CofE School? Why not purchase a leaf to add to our Leaf for Life tree!
Please click below to view, download and print a Leaf 4 Life form and hand the completed form to one of the FOLS team.
Please don't forget FOLS when doing your online shopping!
Did you know that whenever you buy anything online - you could be raising a free donation for FOLS?
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 FOLS to say thank you for shopping with them.
All you have to do is:
1. Go to
2. Sign up for free
3. Get shopping - your donations will be collected by easyfundraising and automatically sent to Friends of Longstone School. It couldn't be easier!
There are no catches or hidden charges and FOLS would be really grateful for your donations!
EASTER 2017 -
On Friday 7th March our KS1 children enjoyed an egg hunt in their class gardens. KS2 children took part in an egg decorating competition. Please see the eggcellent egg entries and the eggciting egg hunt pictures below!!
Everyone had a lot of fun and went home for the holidays with smiles and a chocolate egg provided by FOLS. Happy Easter everyone!
Curry & Quiz Night - Friday 24th March
Thank you to all who came along, made curry and helped to staff this event. It was a great night and it was lovely to see some new faces!
Planetarium - February 2017
The children have been exploring Space as their topic in the early part of 2017.
FOLS provided funding for a planetarium for a day to help the children visualise all they had been learning about. All the children had a great time and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Please see below for some pictures of the day.
Christmas Bazaar 2016
On Friday 2nd December FOLS held their Christmas Bazaar and it was a cracker! Thank you to all of the parents and helpers who donated items, time and came along and supported us. You helped us to raise a fantastic amount of money which will be used to enrich the children's learning experience (grand total soon to be confirmed!). We hope that you all had lots of festive fun!
Please see some pics from the day below.
There's still time to buy raffle tickets for our fantastic Christmas hamper draw. Tickets will be available at the 2pm and 6pm performances of the Infants Nativity on Wednesday 14th December. The draw will take place on Friday 16th December at family assembly. Good luck!
Christmas Bazaar 2015
Movie Night November 2015
Family Summer Dance 2015
Curry & Quiz Night 2015
Below I have put the recipe for the onion dish served with the poppadoms as it was much requested!
Next FOLS Meeting
Our next meeting will be held at The White Lion on Thursday 20th September at 7pm. All welcome!
Why not take a look at our Facebook page using the link below?
Cake Days 2017-2018
All cakes are 50p!
25th May – Pre-School
22nd June – Rowling
28th June – Sports Day
Chair - Emily Swindell
Vice-Chair - Elizabeth Fisher
Secretary - Jo Mitchell
Treasurers - Allen Morris & Jane Stirland
FOLS Meeting Minutes