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Ridgewell primary celebrates 150th anniversary with maypole dance

A primary school has celebrated its 150th anniversary with traditional maypole dancing and a spring fair.

Ridgewell Primary School celebrated the occasion on Thursday, May 21.

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Parents of the school’s 85 pupils joined teachers in Ridgewell church where vicar, Rev Jonathan Lowe, was joined by Bishop Roger Morris, of Colchester, who delivered a sermon involving a teddy bear, a battery and a set of headphones, intended to illustrate acceptance of others and finding one’s place in the world.

The celebrations then moved to the school where country dancing and a fair where children manned the stalls followed the traditional crowning of the May Queen.

Headteacher, Denise Burrell, said: “We can’t believe the weather. We’ve been praying that the weather will be kind to us, and it’s gorgeous.

“A lot of people have turned out. We tend to get a lot of support from parents where the children are concerned.

“If you ask me about what I would like to see for the future of the school, I’d say I want to see the school continue in the community.

“It’s part of the village and we have strong ties with the church and the people who live here.

“I want to see the school moving forward. We want to see it continue growing. Christian values underlie everything we do as a school. At the moment, we have 85 children attending.”

Bishop Roger Morris attended the event.

“To be teaching for 150 years is incredible,” he said. “We do have strong links and the school is part of the community.

“It teaches empathy and doing the right thing.”

All the pupils were presented with a wooden holding cross, for use in prayer, engraved with passages from the bible.

Visit www.haverhillecho.com to see video of the event.

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