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  • School in a Bag 1:55 pm on December 8, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , charity music festival, , Early Bird, earlybird, , , , festival goers, Glastonbury, happy, , June, , musicians, , , , tickets,   

    Home Farm Fest Earlybird tickets, and the future of the festival 

    Next year’s Home Farm Fest will be no different in many ways; still the second week of June, still School in a Bag’s biggest annual fundraiser, still a little gem on the festival circuit, still a weekend full of fantastic music, lots of fun and a brilliant place to come with family and friends…

    HFF13 Earlybird tickets on sale now!

    HFF13 Earlybird tickets on sale now! Click image to buy them…

     

    What is changing though (apart from the music line-up so we can introduce you to some more amazing musical talent, some additions here and there and a few tweaks to make general improvements), is that we have come up against the beast that is VAT. What that means is unfortunately and very regrettably, our tickets prices have to increase in order for us to be able to pay the bill, and whilst we are doing all we can do keep them as low as possible (to the point where we, the charity, won’t be making any more money from 2017’s ticket prices compared to 2018’s), there will be more than our usual £5-ish annual increase.

    Soooo, what does that mean for us and you?

    Well we hope that this is understood by you, as a festival goer, and that we as a charity can’t do anything about it, but also that you are able to keep supporting us as you have done in the past. We rely heavily on the funds Home Farm Fest brings in to support our charity, School in a Bag, and without it, we will suffer the consequences.

    Although it takes months of hard work and a lot of people giving up their time too make it happen, it is something we all love doing and we know from feedback that you love it too!

    As a little bit of compensation to this news, we’d like to make you fully aware that you can get your Earlybird tickets at THIS year’s prices, and will be saving yourself a few more quid than usual by doing so! We have moved the very popular ticket portal, Eventbrite, rather than through our own in-house database, as we get to use a system that is being used worldwide and proven itself to be hugely affective, we get 24 hour support (which we’re hoping we won’t need to use too much!) , but, we are in control of the information that goes out to you, the customer, we get to update it as and when we need to, and we get lots of information back that we can use to help make your ticket-buying experience as smooth and easy as possible.

    All that’s left really, is to encourage you to get your tickets before 11.30pm on 31st December, get all you friends and family to come along too, and enjoy what really is the party of the Summer! If you need any more nudging to get them, or haven’t been before – maybe you’re hesitant as you’ve got young children who have never been, well this is THE perfect first festival for families as it’s not a vast expanse of field after field, our licence finishes at midnight so music isn’t carrying on until the early hours at high volume, and if you’re local and don’t fancy camping, it’s really easy to pop home to sleep and then come back the next day – our car parking field is next to the entrance.

    Oh, and there’s no Glastonbury in 2018 so why not try us instead?! :)

    Thank you to everyone who supports us year after year, we love seeing the regulars, and of course welcoming newbies too and making Home Farm Fest what it is. We can’t thank the musicians enough for giving up their time for free, and all those who volunteer before, during and after the festival too to make it happen. You’re all awesome!

    You can get your tickets HERE

    We hope to see you in June!
    The Home Farm Fest team x

    Ps If the festival toilet situation is holding you back from coming along, then fear not, as we have our very own Poo Patrol team – three of the nicest toilet cleaners you’re ever likely to meet and possibly the cleanest festival toilets you’re ever likely to use!!

    The HFF Poo Patrol team. From L-R: Luke, Jules and Darren

    The HFF Poo Patrol team. From L-R: Luke, Jules and Darren

    Please allow to be introduced to Luke (actually School in a Bag’s Founder & CEO), Jules (a teacher, when he’s not cleaning toilets) and Darren (the Mayor of Yeovil!!) – no job too big for these fine men, they’ve even been know to help retrieve ‘lost’ phones from the portable loos – although please don’t make this a habit as the phones don’t work so well after…and one last tip, don’t shake their hands if they’re wearing their big red gloves…!!

     

     
  • School in a Bag 2:12 pm on December 1, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Apple Music, , Chiang Mai, Child, , , December, , International Schools, iTunes, Piers Simon Appeal, Prem Tinsulanonda International School, , Spotify, Thailand, The Odd Gods   

    *CORRECTION* SIAB ‘Blog in a Bag’ No.27: School in a Bag has its own Charity Music Single 

    One of the things I love about working in the charity sector is the unexpected – each and every day there is always the potential for someone or something to pop in to our School in a Bag life – it is what makes running a charity really exciting.  Well, this is exactly what happened on October 10th at 4.01am when a message popped into my Messenger inbox.  Who would have thought that almost 13 years on, School in a Bag has managed to bag (pardon the pun) a first and the inspiration has come from the roots of our inception in Thailand….

    Hi Luke, 

    This is Michelle Ring in Chiang Mai in Thailand. We know each other from Prem International School (where I, Luke, worked from 2004 – 2007). Both my girls went there, Danielle and Frances.  I hope you are well.

    I have been watching with interest your charity Piers Simon Appeal/School in a Bag and love the work you do.  I manage my husbands band, The Odd Gods, here in Chiang Mai. All of their music is original and we have a song that is now in its final mixing stage called ‘Child’.  I’m sending you the rough mix so you can listen to it and then if possible, are you available sometime today or tomorrow to chat more about the song ‘Child’ being used to raise money for School in a Bag? We have over 17,000 fans on Facebook so we can reach a wide audience.

    We are looking at a release date at the end of November or the 1st week in December so I really need to get the logistics sorted as soon as possible.  We would like the song to raise funds for your charity for 12 months from its release date and for each online sale of the song, 50% will go to School in a Bag.

    I look forward to hearing from you.  Love to the family.

    Michelle

    How amazing is that?  Well today is the day that we can start the promotion of the single ‘Child’ by The Odd Gods which is due for official release on Saturday December 9th.  Here is a little teaser to whet your appetite…

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    ‘Child’ will be available to purchase from iTunes, Apple Music, Spotify  and many more outlets – we will post a full list of these with a link to purchase the single on Saturday December 9th.

    Huge thanks must go to Michelle and the band members from The Odd Gods for choosing to support School in a Bag through the single.  It is a wonderfully catchy song that would make an excellent Christmas present…and who knows, The Odd Gods may even make a guest appearance at Home Farm Fest 13 0n June 8/9/10 2018??

    “Let them be a child…”

    Luke – Founder and CEO

     

     

     

     

     
  • School in a Bag 6:10 pm on November 29, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    Can you help us at our annual Big Tesco Bag Pack 23rd December?! 

    If you can spare a couple of hours for our (really) big 18-hour Bag Pack in Tesco Extra, Yeovil on Saturday 23rd December, then please let us know! We need over 160 volunteers to make it happen during the hours of 6am-midnight, especially the early morning (6am-10am) and the evening (from 6pm-midnight). Bring family members along too and get in the festive spirit in a more unusual way and start your Christmas off having helped a local charity – in the words of Tesco ‘Every little helps‘  :)

    You can find out more about the event and sign-up to it here - any questions please email events@schoolinabag.org or call the office Monday-Friday on: 01935 849160

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    Thank you!

    The School in a Bag team

     
  • School in a Bag 4:26 pm on October 31, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Bristol, , , , , Quedam, , , shopping, , , university,   

    SIAB ‘Blog in a Bag’ No. 26: The School in a Bag team is growing! 

    The team at School in a Bag is small, and whilst we are able to produce a lot of good things: the amount of SchoolBags being distributed every year into lots of different countries, running lots of events to raise more money (including our very own music festival), presenting to schools, groups and organisations all over the country and running SchoolBag packs, there’s only a certain limit to just the amount we can do in a week! We’ve been lucky enough to get Hannah on-board for the last few weeks and she’s an asset to the team already – and lowers our average age in the office dramatically too ;). Here’s an introduction by Hannah to her involvement in the charity, and what she’s up to:

    I first got involved in School in a Bag in 2013. I’m now 5 years older, on the other side of Philosophy degree from the University of Bristol, and the charity still can’t seem to shake me off.

    Back in 2012, my mum was a teaching assistant at a Primary School in Surrey, and met Luke at charity showcase arranged by the council. She was sold; she had the school choose it as their charity that year, and insisted I contact Luke to ask about work experience. I had always wanted to work within the charity sector and at that point, School in a Bag was just starting to gain some momentum so it was pretty good timing. As I was the first work experience placement the charity had ever taken on, it was new for the both of us. I spent a week as Luke’s shadow, quickly learnt the ropes and discovered that charity work was what I wanted to do with my future. Cheers mum.

    I kept in close contact with Luke through the years. Between then and now, you may have seen me in the Merchandise tent at Home Farm Festival, selling hoodies, T-shirts and packing SchoolBags between eating cake, and watching some of the fab music. In July, I graduated from Uni with a degree in Philosophy, focusing my studies human rights and ethics. After a summer off, I joined the team on the 1st October for a three month placement.

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    Hannah – 2nd from the right at this year’s Home Farm Fest (CREDIT – CuriousByGeorgePhotography)

    My main role is running the School in a Bag shop in the Quedam Shopping Centre, in the charity’s home town of Yeovil. Following from the success of last year’s retail stint, where during just two months, a whopping 555 SchoolBags were funded and packed, the team have been lucky enough to be granted a shop by the Quedam for a second year. We’ve changed location; now next door to CEX and, thankfully for Luke, that little bit closer to Starbucks! You’ll find me here during the shop’s opening hours of 10am-4pm, Tuesdays to Sundays until the 4th December.

    There’s colouring for children, we’re selling Camon Bears and SIAB Jute bags, and wonderful knitted mice by one of our top supporters, Jennifer. Please, come in and pack a SchoolBag, have a chat and learn more about the charity. If you’re struggling to think of Christmas presents, for just £20, you can even pack a SchoolBag on behalf of a loved one – a wonderful, trackable gift for that relative who has everything…

    All the bags packed in the School in a Bag shop will be sent to the Philippines, and distributed by one of our charity partners, the Purple Community Fund. PCF operate in the slum areas of large cities, and focus on improving lives of children living and working on rubbish dumps. They provide children with the vital education they need to escape their situation, in community schools made out of shipping containers. You can help us make a difference to these children’s lives by funding and packing a SchoolBag in the Quedam shop.

    I’ll be finishing my three month placement with a bang, at the Big 18hr Bag Pack in Tesco Extra, Yeovil, on the 23rd December. We are always eager for more volunteers to help – some come for an hour or two and some are there for up to six! If you can spare some time that day and want to get involved, please contact the charity at events@schoolinabag.org as we’d love to have you on-board!

    Having come to the end of my own formal educational journey in July, I am often reflective on how lucky I was. I know that I would be in a very different place without it, and although I’m pretty certain I won’t be going back for any more studying (100 % certain.), I am confident that if I did I would have the support and educational resources to do so. Globally, there are millions of children and young adults who don’t. I feel so grateful to be a part of a charity which is working to lift children out of poverty through education, and give hope to their futures. All this through one little, red bag.

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    Our School in a Bag shop’s SchoolBag Wall!

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    People packing their own SchoolBag in our shop :)

    If you’d like to read more about the charity, please visit the website, or visit our Facebook page – or I hope to see you in the shop soon!

     
  • School in a Bag 10:45 am on August 2, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    School in a Bag’s Uganda Appeal for refugee children in Bidi Bidi 

    School in a Bag Launches Appeal to get SchoolBags to Refugee Children in Uganda

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    To help us fund SchoolBags for the refugee children in northern Uganda please donate at: http://www.virginmoneygiving.com/fund/SIABUgandaAppeal

     

    More information: 

    Today, we’re launching an appeal to help those in desperate need in the Bidi Bidi refugee camp in northern Uganda where there are 350,000 people. Many of these are children, who desperately need educational supplies.

    We are working with our partners in Uganda, East African Playgrounds (EAP), who have been working in Bidi Bidi for the last few months, and have approached us to supply SchoolBags to help alleviate the problem.

    Tom Gill has overseen SIAB’s operations in Uganda since 2012 and has successfully sourced and co-distributed 3,875 SchoolBags working in association with on-the-ground educational charities. The SchoolBags and their contents will be sourced, packed and distributed  ‘In Country’ by Tom and the partner charities EAP are working alongside.

    Bidi Bidi Refugee Camp now holds the unfortunate accolade of being the largest in the world – it was recently forced to close due to the huge numbers of people in it.  85% of these people are women and children and the influx of young South Sudanese children has put a huge strain on an already stretched Ugandan education system. Children are being educated in classes of up to 150, without any resources.

    Luke Simon, Founder & CEO of School in a Bag, said: “Tom approached us about getting SchoolBags into Bidi Bidi and I was shocked to learn about the huge amount of people in this situation, yet have seen no news reports about it in the mainstream media. Having worked with Tom for several years funding and distributing nearly 4,000 SchoolBags, we felt that a direct appeal would be the best way to raise money and awareness to the plight of these refugee children.

    He adds: “We have already donated £5,000 from our funds to the appeal so we can get the first SchoolBags to the children in the camp as quickly as possible. This is a crisis situation that desperately needs attention and we want to help rectify the problem – amazingly, there are more refugees fleeing South Sudan than trying to get into the whole of the EU combined. We at School in a Bag, alongside Tom and East African Playgrounds, are committed to making this appeal a success and getting as many SchoolBags as we can to the children there who need them. We know from experience that for children in desperate temporary situations, the paramount need is to get their routine back on-track, and a major one of these is schooling. If we can help them at this point, it will provide stability, and mean their educational needs won’t suffer.”

    Since December 2016 when fighting between rebel forces and the government broke out in South Sudan following an alleged coup, more than a million people have fled the country seeking refuge with their neighbours. Uganda, bordering South Sudan to the south, has received the biggest influx of refugees courtesy of their open border policy and promise to provide incoming South Sudanese with land and seeds in the belief that they will be better off making a new life for themselves than doing nothing in a camp.

    Please watch our short video above to see the direct request from Tom Gill, Founding Director of East African Playgrounds and School in a Bag Operations Manager in Uganda, or click this link: https://youtu.be/MIdeZOMuzzs

    All the money raised will go towards funding SchoolBags. Donors will be credited under the title ‘Bidi Bidi Ugandan Appeal’ on the School in a Bag database, meaning that all contributors will be able to claim stake to the collective total of SchoolBags funded.

    Thank you so much for your time, help and donation if that’s relevant.

    The SIAB team

     

     

     
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