Learning activities in Sturminster Marshall to increase
FUNDING is to be made available for further refurbishment of the Old School in Sturminster Marshall.
The Mackrell Charity has been awarded a capital grant of £19,000 by Viridor Credits Environmental Company, through the Landfill Communities Fund.
This will enable the charity not only to continue to deliver its well established programme of activities at the Old School but also to extend these activities further. Work will start in November this year and should be completed by April 2014.
The Mackrell Charity was founded in 1799 by William Mackrell of Spetisbury to provide a school and two teachers for 50 poor children of Sturminster Marshall and the surrounding area. Over the years the state education system developed, a new school was built in the village, and Mr Mackrell’s charity and the old school building were neglected.
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Then in 1993 the Mackrell Charity was re-started, the first activity being an art class, which is still going strong. A series of lectures, the Millennium Lectures, was held in 1999-2000 and these proved so successful that they have continued and are now known as the Mackrell Lectures. The Mackrell Charity now promotes a wide programme of lifelong learning opportunities and cultural activities.
The programme started in September with the first of four cookery demonstrations. The first Science Café talk on Marine Salvage is on 27th September. The first of the Mackrell lectures, which start after the ever popular cream teas have finished for the year, is entitled, ‘The Importance of Bryan’s tun,’ which was one of the manors of Blandford listed in the Domesday book and will take place on 19th October.
Next year, in addition to the normal programme of events, the charity will be launching a variety of activities to recognise the anniversaries of the outbreak of the Second World World War and D-Day.
Further information on all the Mackrell Charity’s activities can be found on the website. www.mackrellcharity.org.uk.