Celebrate the re-opening of the Old
School on 2nd February from 7:00pm.
more than two years of planning, the refurbishment and repair of
the main hall in the Old School started at the end of October.
Committees over the years have done an excellent job of
maintaining this building that started life 377 years ago, when
Oliver Cromwell was in charge of the country.
However, the years take
their toll and the current committee felt it was time to undertake
the next phase to keep the Old School in good order to serve the
current and future residents for years to come. Equally
importantly, increased income is needed to meet the running costs
and build a maintenance fund.
A new air source heating
system was installed in 2017 that has successfully kept the damp
at bay. The causes of the damp cannot be cured so it is a
question of managing them.
The work on the main hall
started on 29th October with a complete stripping out of redundant
material. The scheme involves removing all the damp and
blown plaster and panelling the lower part of the walls. All
the rotting wood sills have been replaced, and the beautiful
parquet floor stripped and sealed. The doors have been
stripped or replaced as required; and of course the whole room has
been redecorated. Reverberating noise will be
suppressed by an acoustic layer applied to the ceiling which will
make it easier to hear each other when there is a large gathering.
A new application system has ensured that the original lines of
the ceiling are not obscured. In fact the whole aim of the
refurbishment plan has been to retain and enhance the unique
features of this old room. New lighting has been installed that
enables a wide range of effects to suit every occasion, from
full light, for instance for playing bridge, through to a soft
The Old School Committee said
that it is tempting to pop in to see whatís going on, but asked
villagers to restrain themselves while the work is in progress as
it is a restricted building site. But that didnít stop people
from trying to sneak a glimpse of the work in progress through the
Now the work is almost
finished and the committee has invited everyone to come to view
the refurbishment and attend a village supper from 7:00pm on
Saturday 2nd February. Admission is free and the
committee will provide glasses, plates and cutlery but ask the
party goers to bring a bottle or two and a platter of food to
share with neighbours, friends and family.