Yesterday Kirkby on Bain Primary School’s first ever school hall was officially opened by the Bishop of Lincoln, The Rt Revd Christopher Lowson.
The hall passed its first public test, as it was full to capacity with honoured guests, an invited audience, pupils and teachers.
As we reported earlier, the school is one of the few never to have had a hall, so until now children and staff have missed out on assemblies, a place to eat lunch and an indoor space in which to exercise. I know that Head Teacher Simon Morley has been keen to put this right ever since he came to the school, and that he has been supported in this ambition by others closely connected with the school in recent times.
I also understand that this ambition goes back a long way, but the school and its supporters are surely to be congratulated for having finally achieved it. As Simon observed, the project has had its ups and downs, but considering the planning application notices went up only a few months ago, full marks for effort and perseverance!
The event itself was touching and good-humoured throughout. Following individual presentations by young School Council representatives, the Bishop, introduced as “Bishop Christopher”, interacted with the children to explain what it means to be a bishop, with the help of one pupil who was designated Bishop Libby for the day. Bishop Christopher had come prepared, so Libby was transformed with suitably sized ceremonial vestments including a mitre (which almost fitted…) a Bishop’s ring and a crozier, identified disarmingly by one child in the audience as a walking stick.
Thanks and souvenirs were given to many of those who were instrumental in creating the hall, from Diocesan Director of Education Jackie Waters-Dewhurst to Russell and Mark from builders Taylor Pearson. Thanks also went to other supporters including Paul Brewster, Chairman of the School Governors, Bridget Starling (Board of Education Business Manager), Architect Niell Bayes, Andy Hay (Brocklesby Trust), project Manger Steve Pears, and local residents. Not to mention Simon Morley himself, rather to his surprise.
The event culminated with the official unveiling of the plaque, prayers and a chance for visitors to chat over refreshments. I am sure that all residents of Kirkby on Bain and others connected with our village wish the school well with its new hall, which can only enhance its already excellent opportunities for learning together, and the quality of village life in general.