Chance to look around Richmond’s Old Grammar School

The Old Grammar School in Richmond. Photo: Guy Carpenter.

Former pupils and staff will get the opportunity to look inside Richmond’s Old Grammar School as work gathers pace to transform the building into a community hub.

An open day will be held on Saturday, August 4 to coincide with Richmond Live.

The public is invited to attend between 10am and 4pm to have a look round, talk to volunteers and leave memories on the ‘graffiti board’, which will be incorporated into the building if the project gets the go-ahead.

There is a second opportunity to look around the building on Thursday, September 13 when the building opens as part of National Heritage Open Week.

Visitors are welcome between 10am and 8pm.

Admission to both these events is free.

A former pupil of Richmond School was Lewis Carroll, author of Alice in Wonderland. He attended when his father was rector of St Peter’s Church, Croft-on-Tees.

To celebrate this famous former pupil of the school, a traditional village fete based on his much-loved book is planned.

Alice at Aske will be held from 1pm to 5pm on Sunday, September 2 in the gardens of Aske Hall, with the permission of Lord and Lady Ronaldshay.

There will be traditional stalls and sideshows, afternoon teas, a children’s fancy dress competition, face painting and a treasure hunt, all based on the theme of Alice in Wonderland.

Tickets are Adult £5, children over five £2.50, Family ticket £12 (2 adults+2 children), including entry to the treasure hunt. Tickets are available from Richmond Information Centre, Castle Hill Bookshop or on the gate.

Trustees, volunteers and staff of Richmondshire Building Preservation Trust (RBPT), which is behind the renovation plans for the Old Grammar School, have been nominated for the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service 2018.

The trust needs to demonstrate the support and participation of the community when they apply next March for a second round Heritage Lottery grant of £1.8 million.

For more information on the scheme visit www.richmondshirebpt.co.uk