Poetry and music at next open day at Richmond’s former grammar school

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

There is another opportunity to look around the Old Grammar School in Richmond on Saturday, May 11 from 10am to 4pm.

The two large halls and the headmaster’s room will be open to the public for viewing plus the playground in front of the school will be open for visitors to take a closer look at the Victorian building and admire the views across the Swale.

Former Lower School pupil, Pete Richardson (aka Rantin’ Richie) will be there to entertain from 2  – 4pm with poetry recitations and music – an extension of his monthly poetry night, Mongo Bongo.

Fellow poet George Jowett and acoustic musician Ed Woods will also be performing in the afternoon.

Following its recent display at The  Station, the successful yarn White Rabbit installation on the theme of Alice in Wonderland will be on display.

The knitting and crocheting community of Richmondshire created pieces for the project and it has been curated by Deirdre Knibbs, owner of Richmond’s yarn shop, KnitOwl.

The RBPT, which restored and runs The Station, is hoping to re-open the school in 2021 as a community venue supported by commercial enterprise – a ‘village hall’ for Richmond, but this is dependent on a second-round grant from the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

Admission is free but all donations are very welcome to help towards opening this historic building for Richmond.

Entrance is from Station Road.

Please follow the arrows and enter by the side door into the Main Hall – Lower School pupils will remember this as where they queued for lunch.

Visitors will be greeted at the door and shown the Hall and some of the rest of the building. Parking is in the car park opposite the school on Station Road or across the bridge at The Station.

Regrettably there is only partial wheelchair access. When the building is restored it will be fully accessible.

Further information on The Old Grammar School Project can be found at www.richmondshirebpt.co.uk.

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  1. Once again, all at a £1 each, there will be a White rabbit trail; “Guess the number of buttons in Alice’s bottle game; Badges and PomPom kits for sale. All proceeds will go to TOGS.

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