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New school hall for Cartmel Primary School
11:33am Tuesday 20th March 2012 in Cartmel news
CHILDREN, parents and villagers enjoyed a celebration lunch to mark the opening of Cartmel Primary School’s new hall.
The facility, which has cost more than £200,000, has been a long-term ambition of head teacher Sarah Firth and special guests including the Bishop of Carlisle, the Rt Reverend James Newcome, attended the launch.
Around 160 people enjoyed a meal of lasagne followed by apple pie and custard, chosen by the children, to celebrate the occasion. New Cartmel Priory vicar, Nick Devenish, entertained guests with creative stories.
Until now, children have eaten packed lunches at their desks but the new hall and kitchen will see hot meals offered and provide valuable space for lessons.
Mrs Firth said: “Since I joined six years ago, it’s been a passion of mine and it’s taken a long time to get funding. We saved money, governors donated a substantial amount and Cumbria County Council matched the funding we had with a grant for a school kitchen.
“The hall we had was totally unsuitable. We couldn’t really deliver quality PE lessons in there or have our own functions.
“It means we can use our own premises for our productions and it’s another venue