Widford Lodge Friends

Friends of Widford Lodge – FOWL

What is FOWL?

FOWL stands for ‘Friends of Widford Lodge’. It is a voluntary group of parents who raise funds for the school.

FOWL meet regularly to organise school events to raise funds to further enrich the children’s experience at school as well as raising funds for local and national charities.

Second Hand Uniform Sales

FOWL generally hold a second hand Uniform Sale once a term where there is always tea & coffee available. All children are always welcome and it is a good chance to meet other families at the school. Parents can donate any unwanted pieces of school uniform in good condition and hand them in to the school office.


• Summer Fayre

FOWL normally organise this whole-school event which takes place on a summers afternoon. There are no lessons and all the children are able to attend. The school is filled with stall & activities for all age groups.

This year we had Widford’s Enterprise Day, run by Mrs Eggleton & Mr Hopgood combined with FOWL’s traditional Summer Fayre.

On Enterprise Day the Prep children run their own enterprises and are challenged to make as much money as they can for charity. They are given a budget of £10 and the aim is to then sell their products, making as much profit as possible. The children running the stall that raises the most money choose the charity to which all the profits are given.

FOWL also had some of our traditional stalls and refreshments, raising funds for FOWL. Combined with the children’s enterprise stalls, the event was a fun afternoon for all the family.

• Christmas Party

Every December FOWL organise a party in the school hall for all the children from Reception to Year 6. This event is completely funded by FOWL. This is a wonderful event where a children’s entertainer ensures that lots of fun is had by all.

Other Events

We also arrange other events throughout the year. Some examples are –

• Mother’s Day Pop up shop for the Young Minds Charity

• End of Exam Disco which raised funds for FOWL.

• Father Christmas Grotto with Live Reindeer which was a FOWL funded event

• Easter Egg Hunt with the Easter Bunnies which was a FOWL funded event

• Christmas Cards, Fathers Day Cards & Coaster raised money for FOWL as well as a Prostate Cancer Charity.

• Inflatable Afternoon – this summer we are holding an Inflatable Fun Afternoon on Thurs 11th July from 12.30 – 4.30. All are warmly invited.

How do I volunteer to join FOWL?

We generally have 8 permanent FOWL members, one representative from each school year including Pre-school. However, we always need additional help with all our events which we advertise on the Headteacher’s bi-weekly publication of ‘From the Study’, via the school email and our soon-to-be-launched Facebook page. We are always grateful for any help you are able to give.

What else can I do to help FOWL?

• Volunteer to help at any event
• Showcase the baking skills! We always need cakes for our uniform sales and our Summer Fayre
• Provide Raffle prizes
• Ideas for Fund Raising
• Support our Uniform Sales and fayres and come for a cuppa.

If you are interested in helping FOWL in any way please email us at fowlcontact@aol.com

For details of forthcoming events, please click here.