School’s tribute to 150 year history

Children and teachers at Marton cum Grafton primary school with their new stained glass window (s)
Children and teachers at Marton cum Grafton primary school with their new stained glass window (s)
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Children at Marton cum Grafton C of E Primary School have designed a stained glass window to celebrate their school’s 150th anniverisary.

The window was unveiled on Thursday, September 13, after the children spoke to past pupils to come up with the designs representing events and activities from the school’s history.

They worked with artist Jane Littlefield from Thirsk Rural Arts to turn their design into three stained glass windows in the school’s hall.

The window was donated by the “Friends of the School” after a variety of fundraising events, and a donation was also made from the Eastwood family who have had close ties with the school over many years.

As well as showing the close ties between the school and Christchurch in the village, the window includes a dedication to Lee Stott, the local shopkeeper who died recently after a short illness.

Headteacher, Marie-Louise Thirlaway said: “Many of the children got to know Mr Stott well when they visited his shop after school to spend their pocket money.”

She added: “The children were very excited to see our beautiful window revealed. It really captures the warm friendly atmosphere and the traditions of our village school.”

The window was unveiled and blessed by Father Christopher Parkin, who said: “Since coming to be parish priest here in the villages, just under a year ago, it has been a joy to work with the children, staff and parents of Marton cum Grafton School. To be invited to bless the window was a privilege and a pleasure – the stained glass window stands as a testament to the work of the children and bears witness to the excellent connection that exists between the school and the church and also to God’s wonder of creation that surrounds us.”