The Preshute School community has been raising money to restore the school bell which was first hung in 1845 and was rung daily to signal the beginning of school until well into the 20th Century. Marlborough.news visited Year 6 pupils today who wrote this article:
Preshute Primary School, originally built in 1845, is renovating the school’s bell. The bell is an important part of the school’s history and is featured on the school logo. The bell has the engraving of a local plant, Bergamot on it. The bell will have a new rope which will descend to the school hall below allowing it to be rung daily. Some repair work to the head-stock from which the bell hangs is also needed.
So far the school has managed to raise £3202 out of a target of £4000. There have been bake sales, a bramble walk, individual events and a funding page for the community.
The bell used to be rung every day to signal the start of school. Headteacher, Mrs Claire Hann-Perkins, said, “A great, great grandfather of one of our pupils remembers the bell being rung every day to signal the beginning of school.” The school hopes the bell will be ready for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.”
A Year 6 pupil commented, “I will be very excited to hear the bell’s joyful ringing for the first time.”
Preshute Primary School Association (PPSA) said, “Our idea is to make this project one of the lasting initiatives to celebrate our Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, therefore linking the Queen Victoria’s Diamond reign with Queen Elizabeth’s Platinum reign – a wonderful initiative to celebrate our Queen’s marvellous reign and our school’s continued level of excellence in the education of the children of our local villages.”
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