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Wellow Church Schoolroom opens its doors after countless hours of hard work

After two years of historical research, paid for by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, the Wellow Church Schoolroom proudly opened its doors last Saturday for the public to see the results of countless hours of hard work.

Visitors were able to see seven heritage panels, mounted in oak frames, that recount the history of Wellow, along with three sets of exhibition panels, which included winners from both creative writing and art competitions run with students from two local schools and based on the heritage of the village.

Further history and competition entries were available in display folders for people to look at.

The refurbished Wellow Schoolroom. (51208512)
The refurbished Wellow Schoolroom. (51208512)

Robert Jenrick MP visited the event and was said to be delighted with the outcomes, not only of the heritage project, but with the recent refurbishment of the 167-year-old schoolroom (pictured right).

Mr Jenrick was said to have been a firm supporter of the restoration, which has been taking place over the past few years and is now in its final stage and due to be completed before the end of September.

Ben Wells, Wellow Schoolroom trustee, and Roger Jackson, vice-chairman of Nottinghamshire County Council. (51208488)
Ben Wells, Wellow Schoolroom trustee, and Roger Jackson, vice-chairman of Nottinghamshire County Council. (51208488)

A lunchtime talk on the history of Wellow was presented to a full room by Denis Hill, project officer, after which he led visitors around the village on a guided heritage walk. In the evening project volunteers and guests were invited to an official launch of the heritage products produced by the Lottery-funded project.

Roger Jackson, vice-chairman of Nottinghamshire County Council attended this event and was told all about the heritage project and the schoolroom restoration.

After, Ben Wells, a schoolroom trustee, thanked all the volunteers for their dedication and after presenting flowers to Jean and Joanne Crofts for going well above their call of duty, Mr Jackson expressed his appreciation for all the hard work put into the project and for the excellent use of Notts County Council Local Improvement Scheme money that was used in the restoration of the schoolroom. Nearly £40,000 of LIS money, in three separate grants, was used out of a total restoration cost of approximately £90,000.

Wellow Schoolroom interior showing displays. (51208509)
Wellow Schoolroom interior showing displays. (51208509)

The speeches were followed by a premiere showing of a Wellow heritage video after which everyone enjoyed a covid-safe buffet and explored the displays and chatted to each other.

The trustees of the schoolroom expressed their appreciation to the National Lottery Heritage Fund for their grant and give thanks to all those who play the National Lottery; without them this project would not have been possible.

Chairman of the Local Improvement Scheme, councillor John Cottee, said: “The schoolroom has been at the very heart of the community for 167 years and I’m pleased, during a time which has reminded us all just how vital these local stalwarts are, that this funding has helped to secure the building’s future.”

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