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  • School in a Bag 1:55 pm on December 8, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , charity music festival, Children, 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, Children, , 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 11:29 am on July 28, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: 50 years, birthday, Children, , Golden Wedding, Inner Wheel, , ,   

    SIAB ‘Blog in a Bag’ No. 17: Couple celebrating their Golden Wedding Anniversary turn it red instead! 

    Golden couple Robin and Jane Mason recently celebrated their Golden Wedding Anniversary and instead of asking for presents, asked for donations to School in a Bag…

    We received a lovely email back in April from Robin, who had met our Founder & CEO Luke at the Rotary 1040 Conference in Scarborough last year, as they’d been ‘very taken with the School in a Bag project’. He wanted to let us know that they were celebrating their Golden Wedding Anniversary in July and that ‘we have asked for no presents but if they wish, to make donations for your project’.

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    The Mason’s SIAB display

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    Jane and Robin Mason

    What then happened completely shocked them! Robin and Jane had a lovely day celebrating their Anniversary with their nearest and dearest and at the end of the day counted the donations they’d had and had a staggering £705 – that’s 47 Schoolbags!! They were completely shocked and phoned us with the great news and as they were coming on holiday down to the West Country, could they come to see us at out SIAB HQ near Yeovil and not only give us the cheque, but pack a couple of SchoolBags too. Of course we said yes and they came for their visit on the 11th July so we got to show them around our base and they presented us with the cheque.

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    Jane and Robin presenting their cheque to Luke

     

    The couple said:”For our Golden Wedding we decided there were only so many Golden Roses we could cope with, so decided to ask for donations to School in a Bag.  We were absolutely amazed by the response and so thankful to all who donated to this great cause.”

    We’d like to thank Robin and Jane enormously for their kindness in thinking of us, but also to wish them many congratulations on their Golden Wedding anniversary and to many more years together :)

    This year we’ve had a number of people approaching us in the same way as the Mason’s have – wanting to use an occasion to raise money for us. We’ve had a 30th birthday, a 9th birthday and a 3rd birthday – all where the recipients opted for donations to School in a Bag rather than having presents, plus an 8 year old who after hearing from her Granny all about School in a Bag, took it upon herself to do her own fundraiser of “how many Skittles are in the jar’. She was allowed to take the jar into school over two days to carry on fundraising, as well as standing up in assembly with two friends to tell all her peers about SIAB – raising enough for 5 SchoolBags and coming to visit us during the Easter holidays to pack them.

     

    We are so grateful to everyone who takes the time and effort in whatever shape or form that may be, to fundraise for us. We love hearing the stories of what’s been the inspiration and motivation and the events that have unfolded to bring the donations in! We’ve also had a bumper year of young fundraisers and to get little ones having the understanding that even a little bit of money can go an awful long way to helping a children their own age in another country to receive equipment that we take for granted, is quite something.

    If you would like to do a fundraiser for us, whatever age you may be, we’d love to hear from you! Also, if you need any marketing materials, fundraising tips or want us to promote what you’re doing through our social media pages, then please get in touch: hello@schoolinabag.org

     

     
  • School in a Bag 4:29 pm on July 4, 2016 Permalink | Reply
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    SIAB ‘Blog in a Bag’ No. 16: Home Farm Fest 11 raises the roof – and a whole lot more! 

    This month’s blog is all about Home Farm Fest and just what a cracking year we had, breaking all previous records for the amount we raised! Thank you to all of you who came along either as punters or as volunteers and if you couldn’t make it this year, we hope you can make it next year – 9th-11th June 2017!

    Charity Festival is a Record Breaker Once Again!

    Home Farm Fest, the charity music festival held in Chilthorne Domer and the biggest annual fundraiser for the charity School in a Bag, has once again smashed its previous year’s fundraising total coming in at just over £60,000!

    Last year’s festival raised £46,666, an enormous leap from 2014’s £27,418, therefore rising over £32,500 in just two years – and it has now raised a total of over a quarter of a million pounds in its 11 year history.

    This year the festival organisers decided to make a few changes to the layout and introduce a fifth stage which all worked very well, allowing a bigger spread of people over the festival site. The England v Russia Euros football match was also shown on the big screen, cream teas were served amongst a plethora of Union flags and red, white and blue décor in the Tea Tent – where many of the ladies serving even wore tiaras, to celebrate the Queen’s 90th Birthday, and the festival had its first silent disco and dodgems. Definitely a bumper year in more ways than one!

    These changes, plus the continuation of more and more people coming back each year and bringing new people with them, has seen a rise in numbers by nearly 1000 people in the past two years. With the new stage, there were also 96 performances over the three days compared to 71 last year which is almost a 25% rise on the amount of music and other acts on offer.

    Luke Simon, Founder & CEO of School in a Bag and Home Farm Fest organiser, said: “This year took us by surprise once again! Our ticket sales far exceeded any previous year in the lead-up to the festival and we couldn’t believe just how far some people are travelling for it now as it used to be very much a locals thing. There was a big Cornish contingency and having spoken to one man to ask how he’d heard about Home Farm Fest, he said he’d found it after searching for family festivals on the web, come across us and will definitely be back next year, which is great!

    He adds: “With the festival getting bigger, it means relying on more and more volunteers and we are so lucky to have such a brilliant team who help from setting everything up, being here over the festival weekend and then helping tidy up afterwards. We’re only a small team who run the charity and organise the festival, so we are truly grateful for all the help we receive. Once again I’d like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who helps, from all the bands who play for free, the sound engineers and stage managers, Play Art who give up their time to help entertain all the children, and the huge number of volunteers as all this effort amounts to thousands being raised for School in a Bag.”

    Planning for Home Farm Fest 12 (9th-11th June 2017) is already underway and although there won’t be big changes like there were this year, it’s hoped that the upward trend will still continue in the forthcoming years. For now though, School in a Bag is able to prosper from the gain and put it towards helping even more children gain an education through its SchoolBag initiative.

    Have a look a look at the photos below for a round-up of the festival :)

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    School in a Bag and Home Farm Fest team from L-R: Luke Simon, Lis Foy, Charlotte Pike, Zoë Fox

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    HFF11 volunteers! (some of!)

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    The Domer – our new stage for this year!

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    A merry gang in their Posh Wears and Wellies for the Friday night

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    Stage backdrop

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    Singing from The Domer stage

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    Cool kids!

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    Climbing the dizzy heights of the Festival

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    Hula!

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    Two of our fab bar staff!

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    Our wedding couple after they’d just got back from their ceremony :)

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    Dodgem fun!

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    Enjoying the festival

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    Three scary people!

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    Some of the wedding party with the Groom

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    Some of the wonderful Tea Tent volunteers!

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    Framed!

     
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