Friends of Dr South’s School
Dr South’s C.E. School is a small but thriving village school of around 100 pupils founded in 1710. It is a focal point for the community and has educated children from Islip and the surrounding villages for generations.
Dr South’s strives to provide a rich education to its pupils, with a wonderfully broad and varied curriculum that will give them the very best opportunities for the future. As a small school, the core school budget is very limited and money raised from fundraising has a huge impact on the education that it can provide to its pupils.
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.
Funds from previous Big Bike Rides have contributed towards a fantastic variety of activities and resources for the school, including new laptops, specialist IT tuition, visiting science workshops and exciting outdoor play equipment and markings.
The school is currently raising money to buy wooden staging and lighting to use for school productions. These productions give all pupils a chance to work as a team, build self-confidence, learn to speak in public and improve their singing and performance skills.
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 has been used as a recording and rehearsal venue for classical musicians, for the local secondary school’s Christmas carol concert and as a venue for sales and other events that raise funds for overseas 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. Our current big project is the repair and upgrade of the lighting to be more effective, energy efficient and flexible. The funds of the Big Bike Ride will help considerably with this.