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Who are the Friends?

We are a warm-hearted group dedicated to enriching the school experience for our children. Every parent or guardian of a pupil at Western Downland is automatically a member, as are teachers, relatives, and friends who share our passion for education.

With charitable status, The Friends of Western Downland have been instrumental in funding numerous school activities and projects over the years, through a combination of donations and various events. This is thanks to the hard work of our fund-raising event organisers and to the continued generosity of our parents and supporters, to whom we are extremely grateful.

How can you help?

Funds are raised mainly through events, raffles and grants, with an option for direct donations via standing order for those who wish to donate directly. We are also registered with Easy Fundraising ( so please consider supporting us when making online purchases – it makes a big impact.

Because we are a small charity, we use to collect our online donations and Gift Aid. They will keep your details safe and not pass them on to anyone but us, unless you have opted to remain anonymous.

Stay connected:

Please join our Facebook page (Friends of Western Downland Primary School) for the latest updates on meetings and events.  We usually meet twice a term and love to meet new people and hear fresh ideas.  Meetings usually take place in the local pub and anyone is welcome.

Get involved:

Whether you would like to take on a role on the committee, help at events, bake a cake or just have new ideas, any help is greatly appreciated.  Keep an eye out for meeting and event dates in the school newsletter or on our Facebook page. If you’d like to get in touch please email or message via Facebook – we’d love to hear from you!

Recent Fundraising by the Friends

Thanks to the collective effort of our dedicated volunteers, we’ve funded a range of items recently:

  • Forest school waterproofs
  • Raised beds and plants
  • E reader pens
  • Toys and games for outside play
  • Improvements to libraries at both sites
  • School trips

Excitingly, after several years of hard work by our many helpers we reached our fundraising goal for play equipment at the Rockbourne site, and can already see the joy it has brought the children. Join us as we continue to make a positive impact on our school community!