Old Freemen's Needs Your Help To Build A Fantastic New Clubhouse!
Thanks to you we've done it - the first milestone has been hit!
Over £200,000 of the needed £600,000 raised so far. Please can you help us?
To find out how to donate, please scroll to the bottom of the page...
In 1945, past pupils founded the Old Freemen’s Association consolidating the variety of clubs and associations formed by past pupils since 1888.
Members returning from the war felt a duty to build a living Memorial to their friends who had paid the ultimate sacrifice. With the help of the School, the parents, and the Corporation a wooden Memorial Clubhouse was completed in 1955 for the sum of £1760. In 1958 and 1984 extensions were added, giving us the building we have today which, sadly, requires an unjustifiable amount of money to be spent on its upkeep.
We now have the opportunity and formal approval to build a brand new Clubhouse. The aim is to provide more space for social and sporting activities for our growing membership. It will also help us to strengthen our connections with the School by providing far better facilities, not only for the Association members, but also for pupils, staff and parents in creating a modern Memorial Clubhouse for the future.
As well as redeveloping facilities, the Clubhouse will incorporate a first floor balcony overlooking the School grounds and a landscaped patio area and gardens.
The challenge for us is to achieve a construction target of £600,000 and this is where we need your help. This is a rare opportunity for you to help provide facilities for the future generations and it is highly unlikely that another chance will come our way.
So please donate now, either a lump sum or we can accept pledges, which can be paid in instalments. Please see the different ways to donate at the bottom of this page.
Also, if you have special services relevant to this project and feel able to assist, any help will be most welcome by emailing oldfreemens AT gmail.com.
The Clubhouse back in 1955...
The Clubhouse Today...
Frequently Asked Questions
Q. Why do you need a new Clubhouse?
A. The existing one now has yearly rising costs for maintenance, and the existing premises are no longer able to accommodate the increasing number of members.
Q. How much disruption will be caused?
A. The project will be programmed to cause the minimum of disruption to the working of the OFA and affiliated clubs.
Q. How long will the project take?
A. Subject to sufficient monies being available it could be finished in six months.
Q. When will the project start?
A. Start date is programmed for spring in 2010.
Q. What will the project mean to me?
A. The development will enable the OFA to provide better facilities for the members, the School and the FSA.
Q. My child hates sport, how will they benefit?
A. The improved facilities will allow past pupils to meet and socialise with friends at the many social events organised without partaking in sporting activities.
Q. Will my daughter be able to participate in sport?
A. The proposed development includes full facilities for female participation in sporting activities.
Q. As a parent how will I benefit from the development?
A. Parents are free to join the OFA and enjoy the use of the facilities on Tuesdays and Thursdays and at weekends. The parents association already uses the clubhouse on numerous occasions.
We need your help right now please!
By making a generous donation to the Old Freemen's Development Fund using the links below.
Our original wooden Clubhouse, built to commemorate fellow pupils who died in both World Wars, is at the end of its “repairable” life.
ASAP please by clicking on any of the links at the bottom of this page. We hope to start building in spring 2010
Our account is:
Alliance & Leicester Commercial Bank, Account No. 05517575, Sort Code 72 00 00
Account Name: Old Freemen’s Development Fund
BRONZE DONOR - £500 donation or £600 by standing order (payable at £10 per month for 5 years)
Option to remain anonymous or Mention in the Link
Letter of thanks from the Chairman of Governors.
Thank you for any donation you can make to this worthwhile cause.
Questions? Please email - oldfreemens AT gmail.com
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