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This year our local and much cherished primary school here in Findon celebrates 150 Years on its present site. Whilst the original St. John the Baptist Primary school was built by subscription in 1829 on land given by Findon Place, the current school building was erected on School Hill in 1872 - also on land given by the owners of Findon Place.

We are looking for ways to celebrate this important milestone in the history of our school. There will be some school-based events and other activities going on around Findon this Spring, Summer and Autumn and we would encourage everyone to participate wherever you can.

In particular, our annual school fete, organized by our excellent PTA and known as the Mid-Summer Revels, will take place on Saturday June 11th. The Revels has a history going back further than the present school site as it has been happening in one form or another for 160 years. It is and always has been an extremely popular school and village event.

As ever, it starts with a procession to Pond Green for the children to perform traditional country dancing, followed by Maypole dancing at school, before the Summer fare itself is officially opened at midday. This year and following the success of the UK ‘Extreme Bike Stunt Show’ three years ago, our school PTA will host ever more impressive acts, as well as fairground rides, children’s entertainers and live music. There will be a beer tent, Pimms stand, BBQ and all the usual types of village fete activities.

Please look out for this event and others that will be planned for this year’s school anniversary celebrations.

John Roche – Chair of Governors. St. John the Baptist School.


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