Friends of Bishop Gilpin

Past Projects

During the previous Co-chairs, Sally Le Marquade and Lucy Uden's, leadership the monies raised from 2012-2014 funded 'Develop a Love of Reading Project'.


New Chapter for Bishop Gilpin

Wimbledon primary school, Bishop Gilpin, launched its new library on Wednesday 17th December 2014 with the help of best-selling children's author Caroline Lawrence.

Author Caroline Lawrence snips the red ribbon to open the new school library at Bishop Gilpin Caroline Lawrence and BG pupils at the new school library launch, with representatives from sponsor Hamptons, Wimbledon village. Pupils at Bishop Gilpin enjoying their newly opened school library lightbox jquery pluginby v5.7

Caroline opened the library by snipping a red ribbon with a pair of giant scissors, watched by a crowd of enthusiastic pupils. "It was so exciting to meet a real author. Our new library is brilliant!" said Lauren Hopkinson, aged 7.

The Battersea-based writer said, "It was a huge honour to be chosen by Bishop Gilpin to open their new library and to be their author of the month. Books are more than adventure machines, they take us inside the hearts and minds of different types of people, and that is how we learn empathy."

Funded entirely by FOBG, after two years of fundraising, with the support of local businesses including Hamptons Wimbledon Village, the library will be staffed by volunteer parents and teachers.

During the previous Co-chairs, Katie Preston and Jane Long's, leadership the monies raised from 2010-2012 funded 'Project Perfect Playground'.


PHASE 1 - APRIL 2011

The slope between the two sets of steps in the main playground has been carpeted and we have new equipment that provides lots of ways to climb up and down the slope - boulders, a double-width slide, climbing ropes, a rope walk and a cargo net. There is a bench running all around the top of the slope where children can sit. In June 2011 Britain’s number one female Tennis player, Elena Baltacha, came to open our new playground.


FOBG funded work on the playground outside the Reception area classrooms. The slope was resurfaced with play carpet, so we no longer have mud washing down onto the playground and we have a separate area for the play equipment, which is covered with bark mulch.

In addition we secured funding from Capital Growth to install two raised beds for growing vegetables and also had donations from Jigsaw and Waitrose, which paid for apple trees and plants.


This major project was completed during the summer holidays 2012. We levelled out the small terraced areas to make them safer and more usable by designed a MUGA - Multi Use Games Area and we also refreshed and maximised the existing play equipment.