Attention Stallholders: Christmas Fayre bookings now live

!! Attention Stallholders !!

FDPS is now accepting bookings for our Christmas Fayre on 2 December 2017.

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This event is one of our most popular amongst the Ditcham community. Stalls are set up throughout the Martin Pryce Sports Hall and South Downs Hall, with great footfall. Last year, we had in attendance over 400 people – children, parents, grandparents, friends – all having a fabulous time.

FDPS set up entertainment for the children: bouncy castles, rodeos, secret santa, and a most mesmerising Santa’s grotto. The Ditcham community really pulls together to create a wonderful event for all the families.

If you would like to be a part of this event, please complete the booking form as early as possible to avoid any disappointment.

Download FDPS Christmas Fayre booking form 2017

Everyone had a Blast at ‘It’s a Knock Out’

Arriving on top of the hill, the wind was icy but the sun was doing its best to keep the rain at bay and everyone warm. The children were registered, dressed in their team colour T-shirts, followed by instructions by a lively host. And the games began...

70’s Ball Silent Auction Prize Winner – Rocking Climbing

The McKechnie family won the silent auction, held at the FDPS ‘70s ball in February, to spend a day climbing with Mark Philips, Head of Seniors.

In the first week of the Easter holidays, they headed down to the Jurassic coast of Dorset, near Swanage, to have some fun on the rock faces of Hedbury quarry.

Situated above a sparkling sea and with relatively simple, though still challenging climbing, this proved a great venue to learn the process of climbing outdoors. The sun was warm and the crag had a real holiday feel to it as everybody learned to belay and was briefed in the crucial safety details before heading up some steep climbs. It was wonderful to see some understandable nerves change to determination, confidence and success as all four members of the family touched the chains at the top of the climbs. It must be said that Jack (Form 1) and Will (Form 3) probably showed their parents the way! Take a look below.



Video credit: Will McKechnie

The Square and Compass, one of southern England’s finest pubs, proved a wonderful venue for some more relaxed fun at the afternoon’s end.

Will used his go-pro camera to great effect and has captured a flavour of the day which you can see on the short film clip. Thank you, Will.

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It’s A Knock Out – Letter to Participants and Attendees

Dear Parents, Children, Families and Friends,

The Friends of Ditcham Park School are very much looking forward to welcoming you to our “It’s a Knockout Family Fun Day” on May 20th 2017 in celebration of the schools 40th Anniversary.

As your child/children are taking part in this exciting event here are a few things to help you to plan your day:

  • - The “Knockout Event” will be starting at 1pm and will end at approximately 4pm followed by presentations.
  • - You and your child/children will need to report to the registration tent to sign in and collect your child’s T-Shirt to wear for the event at 12:30pm
  • - Gazebos will be set up for changing – one for girls and one for boys. We would appreciate if these are used instead of the changing rooms, to avoid people slipping on wet floors and to keep the school as clean as possible.
  • - It would be advisable to bring a change of clothes and a towel as children will be getting wet for this event – even more so if it’s raining!
  • - Bring cash and cheque books – we will have lots of exciting stalls for all the family to enjoy, as well as the opportunity to purchase delicious lunches from our food vendors and superb teas, coffees and cakes.

We hope that you all have a really wonderful day.

Best wishes,

Lucy Reidy

FDPS Chair on behalf of The Friends of Ditcham Park School


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Celebrating Ditcham’s 40th in 70’s Style at the FDPS Ball

Friday 3rd March 2017 was a very special day in the FDPS/DPS school calendar for this 40th Anniversary year… it was the day of the fabulous and funky FDPS Friday Night Fever 70’s ball!

The invitations had been sent out, the programmes printed, the venue decorated – all in a vibrant and funky 70’s feel!

Photos from the event follow below and more can be seen on Facebook.  Please take a moment to read our Chair Lucy Reidy’s introduction to the event extracted from the ball programme:

Dancing Queen, Raleigh Choppers and Space Hoppers”…yes, tonight we transport you back to the 70s, as we celebrate together the 40th anniversary of Ditcham Park School!  For those that are old enough, think back to the summer of ’76.  A fabulous year to be a child growing up with long hot heatwave summer days, Multi-Coloured Swap Shop, the Muppets, hours of outdoor play, only 3 channels of mainstream TV and no mobiles!  It was the year that Star Wars was filmed, Rocky was in the cinmea, Abba and The Bee Gees topped the charts, whilst The Brotherhood of Man won Eurovision! Heady days indeed…

Whilst all this was going on, up on the hill at Ditcham Park, during the summer of ’76 a small army of parents joined together to help Paddy Holmes create her vision.  Tonight we must indeed raise a glass or two to Paddy because without her hard work and inspiration, we would not be here together this evening.

This evening, you will enjoy many sights and sounds of the 70s, from the beautiful decorations and flowers, to the music of the era courtesy of the fabulous “Saturday Night Beaver”.

I must extend grateful thanks to the many people behind the scenes who have contributed to this evening’s success; Vanessa Pickett, Joanne Hartley and Peggy Field for the wonderful 70s themed decorations; Fiona Curry for her beautiful floristry, Paul Fleming for his exquisite lighting, Clare and Colin for running our bar, Anna Potter for this fabulous programme and your ball tickets and, not least, my fellow FDPS colleagues who work so hard to organise events such as tonight for us all to enjoy.

Finally, once again, for the kindness of the owners of The Tithe Barn, Mr and Mrs Oates, for the complimentary use of this wonderful venue.  I wonder what this old barn was like back in ’76…?

Lucy Reidy Chair of FDPS.

We think you’ll be able to appreciate the vibrancy and colour of the evening from this small selection of pictures (thanks to Peggy Field for her amazing camera work!) and together a fine time was had whilst raising, *drumroll please*, approximately £2,600 to be pledged back to the school children via awarded bids!

God Save FDPS, God Save Ditcham, God Save The Queen!