The community of the Ceiriog Valley has responded to Wrexham Council’s proposals to close the historic village primary school in Pontfadog with an avalanche of objection letters, opposing plans to close the only all-English primary school in the valley.

Over 1,300 letters of objection collected at Pontfadog Post Office and Stores were delivered today by lead campaigner, Emma Humphreys, in support of keeping 110 year-old Ysgol Pontfadog open.

“The response from all parts of our valley community has been overwhelming,” said Emma.

“I needed a wheelbarrow to collect them all. We know that many other people have written independently and the 1,300 letters collected today don’t include those sent to the education department by email. We’ve had support from former pupils in all corners of the world – Japan, Australia, the US and Europe.

“It shows the strength of feeling about the importance of this village school and many registered their disgust at the way our rural community has been treated with contempt by Wrexham Council. I’d like to say a huge thanks to every single person for taking the time and trouble to write in defence of our school and the wider community, which would be inevitably be impacted by the school’s closure. Effectively half the entire population of the Ceiriog Valley made the effort to write an objection, which is stunning.”

The Council now has 28 days to produce a report on the objections. The Executive Board meets to vote on the closure proposal on July 10.