THE NEW ROMNEY OLD SCHOOL TRUSTEES REGRET TO INFORM YOU THAT DUE TO THE PRESENT CIRCUMSTANCES REGARDING COVID-19 AND HAVING CONSULTED PUBLIC HEALTH ENGLAND’S GUIDELINES WE HAVE MADE THE DECISION TO CANCEL ALL FORTHCOMING EVENTS.
1820 – 2020 THE OLD SCHOOL IS 200 YEARS OLD
The Old School in Church Lane New Romney is 200 years old this year. The original part of the present building was built on land given by Mrs Sarah Children and was one of the first National Schools in Kent, which opened within a year. It has educated many generations of local children and is today, whilst no longer a school, an important part of the Town’s history, culture and social activity.
After the transfer of all primary school children to the new school in Fairfield Road in 1974 the old school building in Church Lane was used by Shepway District Council as offices until 1984. It then stood empty and began to deteriorate badly. It was feared that the old school would be pulled down and the land redeveloped. A public meeting was called and from the depth of local feeling, affection and concern for the old school from those present, it was obvious that something had to be done.
Out of this The Old School Trust was formed, consisting of a small group of local people, under the leadership of the Mayor at that time, Mrs Stephanie Alderton. All were determined to do whatever they could to save the building. There followed many years of fund raising, applications for grants and events to raise money, until in the year 2000, with the building fully restored, it was again open to the local community. The Old School is now part Museum/Heritage Centre and part Community Facility with rooms for hire for events, groups or classes. (This of course is in normal times, once the Covid 19 crisis is over). We hope to resume our Sunday afternoon openings soon – please see website for updates.
The year 2020 was to be a year of special celebrations, community events and old pupil and staff reunions. Events were planned over many months by the Trustees, especially Ann Bidwell. However Covid 19 has sadly meant a re-think and events have been cancelled or postponed. Meanwhile please visit our lovely garden (staying socially distanced of course) and you will see our 200th Anniversary Flag proudly flying and the beautiful 200th raised bed in the corner by the gate. Once the building is able to open again to visitors you will be able to view the amazing new 200th Anniversary banner designed and sewn by ladies from the Old School Sunday Sewing Group.
To celebration this occasion, we do have on sale some special 200th Anniversary mugs priced at £5 each as well as some DVD’s showing the his tory of the Old School. These are also priced at £5. To purchase either of these please contact:
Pat Goodsell at: email@example.com
Telephone: 01797 458200