Easebourne Primary School marks the end of an era

Easebourne Primary School''C121043-1 Stock Easebourne Primary School  Photo Louise Adams
Easebourne Primary School''C121043-1 Stock Easebourne Primary School Photo Louise Adams

EASEBOURNE Primary School is coming to the end of an era and is looking for help to mark the occasion.

The school only has a few weeks left on its present site in Easebourne Street where it has been for 140 years, before a new chapter starts at the beginning of the next academic year.

The primary school will re-open in September on the site of the former Midhurst Intermediate School on Wheelbarrow Castle which was also, for a short while, home to pupils of the new Midhurst Rother College.

When the college opened its state-of-the-art £31m new building on the Midhurst River Site last September, the Wheelbarrow Castle site at Easebourne became surplus to requirements.

The move by the primary school is part of a series of plans for the site which could provide space for community use as well.

To mark the end of the school’s life in Easebourne Street, staff and pupils are holding a combined summer and farewell to Easebourne Street Fair on Friday, July 12 from 5pm—8pm.

This is intended as an event for everyone who has a connection with Easebourne School, past and present.

In addition to the bouncy castles, raffle, entertainment, coconut shy, goal challenge and other activities there will be a display of photographs, old admission registers and other documents.

Staff at the school are currently collecting memorabilia and if any villagers or former pupils have any pictures or articles which can be included they would be grateful if these could be dropped at the school office.

“We hope to see as many of you as possible to help us celebrate,” said a spokesman. “Do come along and share your memories. There is limited parking so please consider residents and farm vehicles that use the street.”