A special “Community Celebration Day” was held on Saturday 30th September to mark 50 years since James Peacock School moved to its current location in Manor Park. The new buildings replaced the original “free school” built in 1875 on the corner of Asher Lane and The Green (now Adlard Print), which had become too small for our expanding village.
Ruddington Local History Society carried out research into the school’s past in order to put up a display at the event – including many historic photographs.
Organisers provided lots of fun activities on the day, including singing, dancing, a “Cava Cavern”, a 1960s Photo Booth and lots of stalls. Of course, there was birthday cake, too! Representatives from “The Green Space” were also there, explaining how they hope to bring Ruddington’s former Youth & Community Centre back into use.
As well as celebrating their half century in Manor Park, the event hosted by The Mustard Seed Project showcased all the work the school has been involved with in building a new school in Uganda. They also held a Grand Raffle with the aim of raising enough money to send a container full of educational equipment there. Prizes included hotel stays at Radisson Blu and Mr & Mrs Smith’s Boutique Hotel, as well as a Radley handbag, Starbucks hamper, restaurant vouchers, fruit and veg spiralizer, and lots more.
Graham Wright via RUDDINGTON.info