Auction of Promises
The Friends of LRGS and the Old Lancastrians are holding an Auction of Promises in November, to raise money for the refurbishment of the school assembly hall. A wonderful array of prizes has already been pledged and more pledges are coming in every day. By your tickets today - more details here.
The pictures above show examples of the support given by the Friends of LRGS:
- New shelving for the library
- Funding for garden in Ashton boarding house
- Contributing to the living willow
- Music for the musical Jesus Christ Superstar
- Double scull & cox box for Boat Club
Introduction to Friends of LRGS
The Friends of LRGS are a group of parents who support the school in many ways: the School Shop, fundraising, social activities, and help at school events. The Friends Committee meets regularly in an informal atmosphere to plan activities. Everybody is welcome to join or to help on an ad hoc basis.
The Friends of LRGS was set up in 1973 and since then we have raised over £325,000 to provide and assist in the provision of facilities for education in the School. We aim to provide a link between school and home and seek to give opportunities for parents to support the life and work of the school whilst making contact with other parents. All monies raised go to the school.
Here are more ways in which the Friends have supported the school:
- Sound system for Music
- Buoyancy aids for Canoe Club
- Electronic bulletin boards across the school
- Airbike trainer for the gym
- Film making equipment for Art
- Vinyl cutter for D&T
- Part funding for 3 defibrillators (a grant was kindly given by The Galbraith Trust to help buy them)
- Trampoline for PE
- Part funding for 3D printer for D&T
- IT equipment for Food Tech
- Funding for Creative Arts Festival
- Part funding for portable lighting for Drama
- Prizes for school competitions eg Poetry & Short Story
- Funds to help boys travel to competitions and events
Please support the Friends
Membership of the Friends of LRGS is automatic for all parents or guardians of boys attending the school. The committee has representatives of all year groups in the school and includes parents of boarders as well as day pupils. The circulation of notices is carried out via the boys and via the school website.
We would be delighted if you could help us in any of the following ways:
- come to our events
- make sure your son passes on to you any information from us and/or check the website regularly
- book tickets early to help planning and catering
- use the Friends' Shop
- join a team of occasional helpers who assist with publicity and setting up an event
- give us your fundraising ideas
- please let us know if, through your work or through other forms of expertise and/or contacts, you could help with the activities of the Friends
How to contact us
The shop is open on Fridays after school and Saturdays from 10–11am during term time.
The Friends’ Shop is located in Bay View Cottages on the top site, selling second hand uniform, coats and games kit, LRGS gifts and merchandise, books and stationery. The shop is not normally open on Bank Holiday weekends or in the holidays. The shop is entirely run and managed by volunteer parents from the Friends’ Committee, with all profits going back the school for benefit of the boys at LRGS.
We are in urgent need of good quality rugby kit, blazers and other uniform to sell on. Please drop any donations at the shop, Lee House or City View. Thank you for your continued support and have a great summer!
If you shop online you can now benefit the Friends of LRGS at no extra cost to you, by registering at easyfundraising.org.uk. You will need to select “Friends of Lancaster Royal Grammar School” as the cause you wish to support. For every purchase you make at a selection of over 2,000 retailers (including Amazon, ASOS, Next, and Play.com) via easyfundraising.org.uk you'll raise a donation for the Friends of Lancaster Royal Grammar School. Please spread the word!
Friends' book collection
The Friends of LRGS would like to invite all parents to donate their surplus books to the school shop and later on, to hold a book fair from the donations. Donations should be taken to Lee House. More details in the attached flyer - see left.
Friends' 500 Club
The 500 Club is a convenient and very inexpensive way in which parents can support the Friends of LRGS. All members receive a unique number which is entered into the 500 Club draw.
The regular income the 500 Club generates has helped the Friends to support the School with some very significant purchases. In the last three years alone, the Friends have bought myriad items including digital bulletin boards, musical instruments, sports equipment, ropes, tents, a kiln; even a weather station and an orrery! For just £15 a year, per membership number, you can compete for cash prizes whilst supporting the school and your sons. You could be a 500 Club winner! For further details and application form please above, left.
The winners for June 2015 were:
£150 J C Clark
£20 I C Kell
£20 Mr A J Jarman
and for May 2015 were:
£50 Pat Nelson
£20 Wendy Preston
£20 Mrs J Cole
Friends' greetings cards
Christine Coleman has designed a unique series of LRGS greetings cards, which are for sale at the Buy and Sell Shop in Bay View Cottages. With their humorous watercolour images, they are useful for all occasions. Click on the picture on the right for prices.