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Friends of Canford

We are a voluntary group of parents and friends of Canford. We organise fun social events that raise money for the community and school projects we support. The events we run fall into three categories - 'Have a go''Did you know' and 'Get together'. Our 'Have a go' events allow access to some of Canford’s more unusual facilities like the Real Tennis court or the shooting range. 'Did you know' events inform you of the history of Canford and the Arboretum.  All of these events provide a wonderful opportunity along with our 'Get together' events like the Quiz Night, tennis tournament and new parents' lunch for you to meet, socialise and get to know other parents and members of the Canford Community. Whilst you are having fun, you are also helping us to raise money to support community service and partnership projects that help the school and some of its excellent outreach programmes.

Find out more about Friends of Canford School Events

Book Events

What do Friends of Canford Support?

Friends of Canford (FCS) supports a range of projects within and outside of Canford, all with a strong link to Canford. Small grants are given annually to departments and clubs within Canford, to help teachers and pupils buy equipment or complete a project that is beneficial to their education but outside of their normal budget. Over the past few years, FCS grants have helped equip a Lacrosse team, provide fish tanks for Biology, bring in outside writers and historians in residence, buy equipment for the Design & Technology department, and countless other grants.

A larger grant is given annually to the CityReach Project, a longstanding community service project with the Northam community in Southampton. The CityReach Project has been running for many years, with our Canford pupils hosting residential camping weekends, going to visit the CityReach children, and helping to fund their ongoing community support.

Finally, the Friends of Canford has also been heavily involved in Partnership trips overseas. The Tanzania Partnership was originally started by the FCS, and grants are often provided to the other Partnerships to enable them to bring donations and equipment on their trips.

Find out more about the grants we have recently awarded here

Friends of Canford Council
Tiffany Fleming Chair
Perianne Graham Vice Chair
Linda Spencer Secretary
Tim Brown Company Secretary
Mike Durham Treasurer
Ben Vessey Headmaster
​​Rowena Gaston Development Director -, 01202 847506
​Dave Allen Committee Member
Viv Arkell Committee Member
​Louise Craigen Committee Member
​​Lisa Farthing Committee Member
​Tiffany Fleming Grants Officer
​​Phil Jack Committee Member
​Debra Stocks Committee Member
Linda Tazzyman Committee Member
Anita Ambrose-Hunt Committee Member

To get in touch with any of the above, please contact Rowena Gaston in the first instance.