Cash windfall adds to Holywell school's celebrations

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Romilly Scragg

A SCHOOL’S 50-year celebrations have been given a boost with a grant of almost £5,000.

Ysgol Brynffordd, which has been in its current building for half a century, will hold a pageant at an anniversary event later this year.

A booklet celebrating the history of the Holywell school is being produced with past and present pupils and staff encouraged to get involved.

As well as attending the pageant at the school on October 18, pupils and staff are being invited to help gather evidence for what the school has described as a “momentous occasion”.

The primary school is one of the first in the UK to receive a Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) Sharing Heritage grant.

The awards are designed to help people across the UK explore, conserve and share all aspects of the history and character of their local area.

Ysgol Brynffordd’s £4,900 award will help pay for the production of the anniversary booklet, which the school will be working on with heritage consultant Lorna Jenner.

Headteacher Nia Goldsmith said being awarded the grant was “great news”.

“We can’t wait to get started,” she said.

“We love our school and we know there’s so much more to discover about the past.

“We’re really excited about telling other people about our findings and sharing our heritage and history with them.”

Jennifer Stewart, head of the HLF in Wales, said the programme was a wonderful opportunity for communities to delve into their local heritage.

“We’re delighted to be able to offer this grant so Ysgol Brynffordd can embark on a real journey of discovery,” she said.

“Heritage means such different things to different people, and HLF’s funding offers a wealth of opportunities for groups to explore and celebrate what’s important to them in their area.”

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