Latest Bid Award – Skywatching!

The FDPS committee on Thursday this week, first meeting of 2018, and had two bids presented.  The first, to support the new “House” system is still currently under investigation – as not all the committee were in favour – but the second, for  a Skyliner Telescope was successful!

This bid was proposed by Mrs Hoad, Head of Science, and Mrs Harris & Mr Philips – expect to see the big skies above Ditcham very soon!

Back to School & a springtime challenge!

Happy Sunday Morning!  I hope the start of the Spring term is going well for you all.  I expect, like me,  many of you were grateful of the arrival of the first weekend to recover from the “shock” of “back to school”, and being back in the old routine again!?!

With the turn of the New Year, my thoughts turn once again (!) to reinvigorating my health, wellbeing and fitness routines – with varying degrees of success 😉 I am most certainly not a natural athlete though I do love the great outdoors.   With Spring arriving soon I am certainly looking forward to shifting a few of those Christmas and New Years pounds, and  a few lunchtime and weekend walks around Ditcham and surrounding areas will help I’m sure 🙂

During last term, I was approached by Rural Running Events, who offered to organise a trail run (based at Ditcham Park) and, with the generous support of the School’s Headmaster Mr Spawforth and the rest of the School’s leadership team in granting permission to use Ditcham as a venue, I am pleased to say that preparations are well under way and the event is now open for entries!   So, here is your challenge for Spring 2018.. to train for a 5K or 10K trail run based at Ditcham Park – can you show our Ditcham pupils how to do it?

The event date is Sunday 29th April 2018.  The route is currently being confirmed, but will be “challenging” given Ditcham’s location at the top of a hill and involve trail, woodland and road sections.  Each competitor who completes the course will receive some “awesome bling”… and you will set the inaugural event route PBs.

With thanks to the organisers, a donation from the proceeds of this event will be made to both FDPS and also Brain Tumour Research (many of you will know that I lost my brother to the disease last May).  I am hoping that if the event is a success that in subsequent years we can earn a donation to other charities close to our hearts.

Hoping you’ll support the event, I’m told there are a good number of entries already and – with limited spaces – I urge you to enter asap by heading over to Rural Running Events’ website.

FDPS are finalising their involvement, but will certainly be providing refreshments for supporters and runners at the event.  If you’d like to help serve these please do let us know by emailing [email protected] or via our contact page.

All best

Denise Allen (FDPS Treasurer and DPS Deputy Bursar)




A Fairytale Christmas Fayre 2017

Magical Christmas memories are made at Ditcham!  Travel back to the 2nd December…smile at our latest Christmas memories made together x

Spotlight: Christmas Fayre Stallholders

The Friends enjoy showcasing some of the local businesses who will be at the Fayre with their marvellous goods that are perfect for under the tree. Read about some of them below...

The Botley Brewery

Dada Duka

Dada Duka brings you a beautiful collection of handwoven, decorative storage baskets for your home. Each basket is handmade;  unique in pattern and colour.  Dada Duka works with individual artisans and women's craft groups - not factories! All our weavers are paid directly enabling them to improve their families lives whilst retaining their semi-nomadic pastoral traditions.

Kinesiology Works

Why not make 2018 the year you sort out any nagging health issues? At the Christmas Fayre, Louise Penson Dip.ASK will be offering free kinesiology taster sessions. Kinesiology is a complementary therapy that takes a 'whole wellbeing’ approach to help get to the bottom of many stubborn, long-term health issues. In addition to physical aspects, it also takes into account chemical factors (such as nutrition, food sensitivities and allergies) and emotional issues (such as stress, worry and grief).
For more information please visit

Your Tea Party

Let Your Tea Party cater your next event, perfect for birthdays, baby showers and more! Speak to Dawn at the Fayre to find out how she can help make your next event truly memorable.


Annabel James

Home accessories, jewellery and gorgeous gifts, beautifully wrapped and delivered
telephone: 0345 548 0210

The Little Stitch Company

The Little Stitch Company is a family business specialising in UK designed winter hats for women and children.
With their polar fleece band to keep heads cosy and feather soft faux fur poms you won't be cold this winter.
Their unique designs include a matching mummy and daughter range and an array of hats for all and as they like to say "if the hat fits, wear it”.
Order directly from their website or contact Jenny for all orders at 07472287752. 

Wisteria Lodge

Treagust & Co.

Treagust & Co is a completely transparent estate agency serving Emsworth and the surrounding towns and villages. Their selling fee of just 0.75%+VAT  includes all marketing materials including professional photography, a floor plan, and a high-quality brochure to showcase your property at its best. Their aim is to make their approach and fees 100% fair and treat clients equally which makes them unique locally.
Company owner Mark Treagust is nearly always available on 07903870308 or [email protected] or you can contact the sales team by phone on 01243 375051. Further details can be found at

There will be many more stalls at the event. We look forward to seeing you there!

Barn Dance Booking Now Open!

The FDPS would like to invite you to a spectacular evening of dancing, food and fun. On February 2nd 2018, the FDPS will be holding

The FDPS Barn Dance!

Every other year, the FDPS likes to hold a special evening just for the grown-ups, however, following such a successful 70’s Ball earlier this year, we have decided to banish those winter blues once again and have a slightly less formal evening for Adults only.

We have been extremely fortunate to secure a well-known and outstanding band, Threepenny Bit, to entertain you and get those cowboy boots galloping. The Barn Dance will be held at Ditcham Park School on Friday 2nd Feb from 7:30pm – Midnight. Tickets are limited and will be on a first come, first served basis. You are welcome to bring along Friends and Relatives, but please remember this is an adult only event.

Tickets are very reasonably priced at £25 per person and will include a scrumptious Hog Roast (vegetarian option will also be available). We will also have a cash bar serving wonderful wines, ales, cider and beer.

If you would like to dust off those cowboy boots, drag out your checked shirts and prepare your Stetson, please do come and support the FDPS and join us for what promises to be a fabulous evening.

Please kindly complete the booking form below and return to the office with payment ASAP.


Download the FDPS Barn Dance 2018 Booking Form