Village school held in great affection

Date: Friday 14th September 2018
Pupils at Hunsonby School in the early 1950s with the headteacher at the time, Mrs Walton.
Pupils at Hunsonby School in the early 1950s with the headteacher at the time, Mrs Walton.

Sir, Thank you for running the piece about the Hunsonby School exhibition (Herald, 8th September).

The exhibition was a great success. We had former pupils who have moved away who read the article in the Herald and came to the exhibition.

Quite a few people brought photographs and memories, including one of children, taken in about 1953, with the headteacher at the time, Mrs Walton.

We have no information about Mrs Walton, who was probably only at the school for a short time. We would love to know more.

We were able to ring the school bell, probably for the first time since the millennium. We have a record of it being installed in 1820, so it is almost 200 years old.

Many people also responded to our fundraising appeal. Overall, the weekend was a great success and demonstrated the affection people still have for the school which was part of village life for over 150 years until its closure in 1974.

They are keen to see it brought back to life for community use. Yours etc,

BRYAN GRAY

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