Eyam PTFA Bonfire 2021

Come and celebrate Eyam Village Bonfire and Firework Display on Saturday 6th November.  Entertainment starts in the village square from 5.30pm. 

The torch-lit music-led procession leaves at 6.15pm, carrying the infamous ‘Willow RAT’ through the village to the chants of ‘Burn the Rat’ up to the playing fields.  The RAT is laid on the spectacular bonfire which is then followed by our fabulous firework display.

Delicious food and drinks are on offer to include locally produced farmhouse sausage hotdogs, jacket potatoes with chilli or beans and cheese, home-made soup & bread, delicious mulled wine, locally brewed beer, hot drinks, parkin and of course bonfire toffee.

Tickets will be on sale early October at all local Eyam stores and pubs, Calver Spar and Baslow Cafe on the Green. Adults £7.00 and Children £3.00.  Buy early to avoid disappointment!

All funds raised go to Eyam School PTFA and local community projects so please do come along to support us and join in the fun!‎

What do we do?

Eyam School has a thriving PTFA which raises valuable funds for the school each year as well as contributing to the social life of the school. The PTFA has a committee which organises regular fund raising events such as the annual Bonfire Display and the Summer Fair. See Chair’s report for 2018-19 below.

Our main aim is to raise money to improve the learning environment for the children and this year we have been able to fund  a climbing wall for the playground and partially fund the tyre park on the school field as well as contributing to other valuable resources in school.  We also raise funds to provide various workshops for the children and to subsidise school trips helping to keep the cost for parents to a minimum.

PTFA Committee 2019/20

Chair – Position vacant – Julia Pritchard is covering

Secretary – Kate Hadfield

Treasurer – Position vacant – Katherine Hildyard is covering

Class RepsReception & Y1 – Eleanor Ross    Y2 – Julia Pritchard    Owls (Y3 & Y4) – Vikki Binns    Y5 Louise Heath     Y6 – Katherine Hildyard

How can you help?

All parents automatically become a member of the PTFA when their child starts school.  All parents are welcome to attend the PTFA committee meetings that are held once a term.  Everyone can make a valuable contribution by helping on an ad-hoc basis with the various fund raising events held throughout the year.

We are always looking for new ideas for fund raising events so if you have any ideas please let one of the committee members know.

Throughout the year we hold raffles and serve refreshments as part of the events so are always looking for kind donations of prizes or unwanted gifts and help in the form of cake donations, catering and so on.  We are also part of the Your School Lottery scheme which you can join for as little as £1 a week.   As well as benefiting the school you will have the chance of winning a guaranteed weekly prize for someone within your school community.  Or you can support us through Easy Fund Raising which turns your everyday online shopping into free donations for our school.

Chair’s Report 2019-2020

Chairs Report 2019-2020

Summary of our year

Bonfire 2019 – Massive thanks to the Bonfire Committee, especially Clare Hepworth (Bertie and Bella’s Mum) who leads our amazing team and huge group of volunteers, both from within school and the wider community.  Lanterns and the Willow Rat were made in school by the children and lots of helpers.  It was a great event enjoyed by everyone and a massive £6,438 was raised.  It is with great sadness that we have, understandably, had to cancel the bonfire for this year, but the Bonfire Committee are all looking forward to working with us ready for bonfire 2021.

Christmas Cards – Thanks to Caroline O Connell (Constance’s mum).  £336 was raised.  Caroline has already got the cards for this Christmas sorted for this year. Thanks

Christmas Disco – Thanks to our own Local DJ (and owner of all the kit!) Mark Hadfield (Poppy and Molly’s Dad) and all the PTFA helpers.  The Children had a great time Congoing around the school, wrapping secret presents for friends and relatives and relaxing in the chill out room.  They even had a visit from Eyam’s very own Father Christmas. £200 was raised.

Christmas Market at the Mechanics – Louise Heath (Marley’s mum) coordinated our efforts for this.  Jam jars were filled for our Jam Jar Tombola and the children ran the stall.  £101.50 was raised.

Christmas Donation – Each year the PTFA funds a donation of £100 to give to a charily that the children choose.  This year the donation was given to the school at the Jam Tam Centre in Burkina-Faso.

Bingo Night – The Binns Family (Kathrine’s) were the star hosts of an amazing Bingo night.  In the days before social distancing, the Mechanics was literally heaving with a phenomenal turnout, much to Ralph’s surprise!  £291 was raised and many laughs were had.  As soon as we are able to, this is a night we would love to host again.

Raise the Roof – Thanks to Jess Eades (Ben’s mum) and her team.  At the beginning of the year, we launched the ‘RAISE the ROOF’ campaign to help raise £20,000 towards the cost of turning an outside courtyard into a new room for school. In March, when lockdown began, the campaign was paused as we felt it was not the time to be asking businesses and local people to donate money.

The School has worked hard for many years on this project and the new room is now nearly ready for pupils to use. A fantastic achievement given all the current restrictions.

The PTFA has gone into its reserves (mainly built up  from some very successful bonfire nights) and we  were so pleased to have been in a position to have still been able to contribute the £20,000 needed, even  though the campaign had been paused.

We are so fortunate to have the new school room, especially now, when space is more important than ever before!

Unfortunately, during the building work, it was realised that all of the window lintels were rotten and needed replacing. Although the extension itself has been completed exactly on budget, this has raised the cost of the project by another £6K.  The PTFA really wants to be able to help the school plug this gap, and the Raise the Roof Campaign has been reactivated.  We are starting by putting out a direct plea to the community, so if anyone is in a position to donate money, please go to Just and search for Eyam School, or write a check to Eyam School PTFA and pass to us via the school office.  We are also hoping to organise a big Christmas fundraiser – maybe a silent auction?  If anyone can help us with this, it would be really appreciated. Also, if anyone had a work that offers fundraise matching, please do consider supporting us.

Film Club – We did manage to host a few film clubs and raise £57 before the lockdown.  Thanks Kate Hadfield and team for organising them.  The children have always enjoyed them.

School Lottery – Thank you Sophie Bell (Jonty and Gus’s mum) for organised this for us.  If you haven’t already, please consider joining it.  £713 has been raised this year.

Easyfundraising – has raised £196 this year. and choose Eyam School PTA Derbyshire.

Amazon Smile – we have only recently signed up. 0.5% of the cost of eligible purchases goes to your chosen charity. Go to and choose Eyam C of E (C) Primary School PTFA.

Eyam Bags and Postcards – £27 has been raised for the 2019-2020 financial year, but I know that that will be much higher next year as George at the Coolstone is stocking them for us at his giftshop.  He has also started supporting us regularly by donating 25p from every cup of coffee he sells at the Courtyard to us.  Thank you so much George.

I would like to give a really big thank you to Pam Cocker for all her work in the PTFA.  She has helped out at every event and organised School Fairs, Rags for Schools Collections, Second hand uniform and Recycling sales.  Over the years she has raised hundreds of pounds for the school.  Thankyou Pam.

Finally, I’d like to thank Mrs Gilbertson and all the teachers, staff and governors at the school.  It has been a very hard year for everyone, especially schools.  Personally, I have found Eyam School to be inspirational in their attitude to adapting to the ever-changing rules and regulations necessary to keep our community as safe as possible.  It is obvious how much they care for our children. And I can only imagine how hard they have all been working.  I am so proud that we were the first school to go to Whitehall and let the kids enjoy everything outdoor education can bring to them.  I know they thoroughly enjoyed it.

I want us to continue to work together to support the school, staff, parents and children.   I want us to be able to raise enough money so the school does not have to use any of its valuable budget to ‘plug the gap’ for the amazing new space the school now has.  I want us to have enough money so we can fund school trips and all the other ‘extras’ that give the children and the staff really fun experiences.  Please consider how you can help.  We do need people to take on the roles of Chair, Treasurer and secretary so we can continue as a PTFA.  None of these roles are massive and you would be very well supported by the present team, who are all staying on as committee members.

Thanks again everyone for all your support.
Julia Pritchard

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