This year we aim to raise £10,000 for the causes that we support. Please click here to donate directly via JustGiving:

Friends of Dr South’s School

Founded in 1710, Dr South’s C.E. Primary School is a thriving village school supporting around 100 pupils from Islip and its surrounding communities.

The staff of Dr South’s School work hard to provide a rich and holistic education to its pupils, offering a wonderfully varied curriculum. As a small school though, the core school budget is very limited and therefore monies raised through charitable means have a huge impact on the breadth of the curriculum, and the extra-curricular activities that can be provided to local children.

The Friends of Dr South’s School is a UK registered charity (number 279172) that has been raising funds for the school for many years.  Monies from previous fundraising, including the generous donations from the Big Bike Ride, have contributed towards a fantastic variety of activities and resources for the school, including new laptops, specialist IT tuition, science workshops, outdoor play equipment, staging and other performance costs, musical instruments, and most recently, mental health and well-being staffing and resources for every year group. 

As we emerge from the pandemic it is vital that support for resources such as these continues, to aid our children to thrive more than ever, especially after the challenges of the last couple of years. We thank you sincerely for your kindness and generosity in supporting the bright futures of the young in our community.

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St Nicholas’ Church

St Nicholas’, the parish church of Islip, dates back to the 12th century and its striking tower is a visible landmark for miles around. The church today is the centre of the village’s spiritual life – for weekly worship, major festivals and also for other important community occasions such as Harvest and Remembrance. The well-tended churchyard is an important pedestrian link as well as a beautiful and peaceful place where anyone in the village is entitled to be laid to rest.

The church is also a place for community gathering and hospitality. Frequently used for concerts, we also host occasional evening events where villagers and others can meet and mingle. The church regularly hosts musical performances and has been used as a recording and rehearsal venue for classical musicians and is a space where various local musical groups meet to sing, play instruments etc.  It’s also a venue for sales and other events that raise funds for various causes.

The demands of maintaining and enhancing an historic listed building take considerable funds. Our ambition is to continue to develop this wonderful and important place to be of continuing relevance, service and spiritual help to the community. The funds of the Big Bike Ride will help considerably with this.

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