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Milton Abbey School Parents' Association

Welcome to MASPA – the Milton Abbey School Parents’ Association.  

MASPA was established in 2014 with the aim of providing current parents with a range of opportunities to meet each other socially in informal settings each term.  MASPA has already been so well-received and supported by parents, and we thank everyone who has come along to one of our ‘Coffee Stops’ or organised events.

Upcoming events in our MASPA calendar are listed below. Alternatively, our MASPA calendar for each term is available to download from the iPoint box on this page.

We aim to keep our calendar of events as varied and entertaining as possible and would welcome any suggestions parents may have for future events.  Additionally if there are any parents who would like to get involved in planning and suggesting future events do please come along to one of our planning meetings each term (meetings are held twice termly, once in London and once at the School).

For more information on MASPA or to book events, please contact maspa@miltonabbey.co.uk.
 

THIRD AND FOURTH FORM PARENTS’ LUNCH, THE POLISH CLUB, LONDON,
THURSDAY 21 SEPTEMBER, 12.45pm for 1pm

This lunch is a great opportunity for parents of children who have recently joined Milton Abbey to get together with the Headmaster and fellow parents over a delicious lunch in the elegant surroundings of the Ognisko Restaurant, situated on the ground floor of The Polish Club on Exhibition Road, London. The Ognisko Restaurant has proved to be a very popular venue for MASPA and serves really delicious Eastern and Central European food. 
Cost: three course lunch including coffee, £38.

Please book your place at maspa@miltonabbey.co.uk
  

LUNCH AT THE BECKFORD ARMS, TISBURY AND A PREVIEW OF GANDYART'S 'EMERGING BRITISH ARTISTS' EXHIBITION, SUMMERLEAZE GALLERY
THURSDAY 5 OCTOBER, 12.30pm 

GrandyArt works with emerging British artists to present a carefully selected portfolio of original, quality work by artists who are increasingly establishing their reputation in the contemporary art market.  Representing predominately young, up and coming artists, GrandyArt offers new and experienced collectors the opportunity to discover some of today’s most talented new names. 
 
Join us for lunch at the Beckford Arms in Tisbury before heading to the nearby Summerleaze Gallery. There we will meet artist Tom Hoar who will talk about his work and Georgie Grandy who will take us around this exciting new exhibition.  Tom is based in Dorset and has a reputation as a refreshingly talented, up and coming young British artist and has exhibited with the New English Art Club, Royal Society of British Portrait Painters, the RBA and the Royal Watercolour Society.  
 
Cost: £38 including lunch
 

PRIVATE GUIDED TOUR OF THE HOUSE AND GARDENS AT CHARLESTON, EAST SUSSEX
THURSDAY 12 OCTOBER, 11am – 3pm

Charleston in East Sussex was the country retreat of the Bloomsbury group, most notably the artists Duncan Grant and Vanessa Bell, the sister of the writer Virginia Woolf.  John Maynard Keynes, Virginia and Leonard Woolf, E. M. Forster, Lytton Strachey and Roger Fry were all frequent visitors. Inspired by Italian fresco painting and the Post-Impressionists, the artists decorated the walls, doors and furniture at Charleston. The walled garden was redesigned in a style reminiscent of southern Europe, with mosaics, box hedges, gravel pathways and ponds, but with a touch of Bloomsbury humour in the placing of the statuary. Today, Charleston is a house museum and a living time capsule of the Bloomsbury group’s time in the farmhouse, which is nestled within the South Downs National Park.

The private tour will be led by the Charleston’s curator, Dr Darren Clarke.  We will meet at 11am for tea and coffee in the cafĂ© before having a private tour of the house and gardens.  We will then have a private lunch in Charleston’s original Pottery.   You will be free then to explore the site and visit the popular house museum shop at your leisure.

Transport from Lewes Station to Charleston (7 miles) can be arranged.

Cost: £29 includes tour and lunch. 

Please reserve your place by emailing maspa@miltonabbey.co.uk
 

MASPA YOGA AND MEDITATION RETREAT, FAIRLIGHT HALL, EAST SUSSEX
SUNDAY 15th – WEDNESDAY 18TH OCTOBER

You are invited to a three day MASPA yoga and meditation retreat at Fairlight Hall, Nr Hastings home of Milton Abbey parents David and Sarah Kowitz.   This is a grade II listed manor house, a splendid example of a Victorian neo-gothic mansion, which has been extensively modernised and  renovated by the Kowitz family over the past fifteen years.  Fairlight Hall sits in some 90 acres of grounds including pleasure gardens, woodlands and flower meadows.  Whilst the House is not open for public viewing, the ground are regularly used for charitable events and garden openings.    David and Sarah are avid lovers and collectors of art and the Hall is full of many wonderful modern and classical paintings.

The retreat will start on Sunday in the late afternoon with a yoga class in the early evening before supper.  On both Monday and Tuesday there will be two yoga sessions and a meditation session as well as time to relax on your own or explore the local surroundings.  The cost is £450 and includes accommodation, all yoga/mediation sessions, a massage or treatment with a therapist and daily brunch/supper.   All levels of ability welcomed!

Thanks to the generosity of David and Sarah, once the cost of the yoga teaching has been taken in to account, all proceeds of the retreat will be donated to Milton Abbey’s Development Fund.  We are extremely grateful to the Kowitz’s for this wonderful gesture.

Please reserve your place by emailing maspa@miltonabbey.co.uk
 

CHEL-SKI: SKIING IN THE HEART OF CHELSEA AND ALPINE SUPPER
THURSDAY 9 NOVEMBER, 7 – 10pm

Get ready for the ski season with an exciting evening at London’s largest indoor ski centre in Chelsea, London! Chel-Ski offers an authentic alpine experience in the centre of London where you can ski or snowboard throughout the year.

The evening promises to be great fun with parents having full use of the slopes before retiring to the Alpine Bar for drinks and supper.  Non skiiers can enjoy all the action from the comfort of the Alpine Bar.  Ski instructors will be available and you will ski with people of your standard - and all ski or snowboarding equipment will be provided. 

Chel-Ski is London’s largest indoor ski centre offering the very best hi-tech slopes and is owned by Milton Abbey parent Ben Wray. A fun, safe and controlled environment - the speed and angle of the slopes are adjusted to match your ability.

Cost: £50 per person.  Please book early to ensure we can hold our reservation as this is a busy time of year for Chel-Ski.  

Please reserve your place by emailing maspa@miltonabbey.co.uk


MASPA CHRISTMAS LUNCH, THE GALLERY MESS RESTAURANT, DUKE OF YORK SQUARE, LONDON
THURSDAY 30 NOVEMBER, 12.45 for 1pm.

Once again our annual MASPA Christmas Lunch will be held at The Gallery Mess restaurant.  We very much hope that mothers and fathers will join us for a three course set menu with a complimentary glass of fizz on arrival.  The Gallery Mess at the Saatchi Gallery is known for its beautiful setting and delicious food. 

Guests will have an early Christmas present, or a helping hand with their Christmas shopping, as Monica Vinader is kindly giving all guests a discount card to use in her beautiful jewellery shop which is situated in Duke of York Square. 

Cost: £55. 

To reserve a place please email maspa@miltonabbey.co.uk