An extract from page 4 of the December 2006 / January 2007 Newsletter
Old School is a real asset to the community. It could not operate
without the extraordinary contribution
of a virtual army of volunteers.
Churchill noted that “we
make a living by what we get
we make a life by what we give”.
Over the next few months, we would like to feature the
many people who “make a life” by giving
of their time and abilities to the successful
of the Old School. Anyone who would like to add to the column should
send their contributions
to the Old School or email the Editor (contact details on page 2).
before the Old School opened as a Community Centre in September 1997, a
team of about twenty villagers had worked tirelessly for four years to
bring the project to fruition. Despite
comments like “it sounds like a wonderful
idea but it will never be viable, so I can’t support it!” they
persevered. Having put
together a Funding Package, they had to seek grants to cover the cost of
purchase and of furniture and other equipment.
contribution of £99,000 came from the Heritage
you can see from the Diary on pages two and three, there is a very wide
variety of events and activities at the Old School ranging from
acupuncture to yoga. Some
of these are services where the provider charges a fee for the work done
but in many cases the activity is organised and run by volunteers.
Day in, day out, month in, month out, they give the priceless
gift of their time. It is
estimate how many volunteer hours are contributed to the Old School each
month – by the Trustees,
the administrators, those people who do the cooking (and
the clearing up!) and the organisers of the various
events but the fruits of their labour are evident in the busy schedule
at the School.
seems fitting that a building that provided learning for the children of
the village in the past should be doing the same for its adults in the