Monday, 27 September 2021

Villagers celebrate anniversary double

A DOUBLE celebration was held in Stoke Row last month to mark two important anniversaries.

A DOUBLE celebration was held in Stoke Row last month to mark two important anniversaries.

May 24 was 149 years to the day that the Maharjah Well was opened, on Queen Victoria’s birthday in 1864.

Staff at Stoke Row Primary School also decided to celebrate the school’s 160th anniversary on the same day.

Pupils attended a special service held at Stoke Row Church.

Assistant headteacher Charlotte Harris said: “The oldest children at the school, in years five and six, shared their learning about the history of the village and the well.

“We also had prayers led by the children, and local historian Angela Spencer-Harper talked to us about the well.

“We sang some songs and thanked God for the school and the well.

“After that we came back into school and we had some country dancing.

“The older children wrote some poems about the school, and how it would have been in Victorian times, which they shared with us.

“We also released some big balloons saying Stoke Row 160, as a symbol of the day.

“A lot of effort went into the whole thing and despite the weather, everyone really enjoyed it.”

Pupils wore Victorian style clothes for the day and enjoyed a picnic in their classrooms following the day’s events.

The Cherry Tree pub donated ice creams.

Residents were also invited along to say thank you for their help in raising £60,000 for the school in the last year.

The money will go towards a new building and it is hoped that the amount will be match funded next year by the Diocese.



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A DOUBLE celebration was held in Stoke Row to mark two anniversaries.

May 24 was 149 years to the day that the Maharajah’s Well was opened and staff at Stoke Row School decided to celebrate the primary’s 160th anniversary on the same day.

Pupils wore Victorian-style clothes for the day and attended a special service at the village church.

Assistant headteacher Charlotte Harris said: “The oldest children at the school shared their learning about the history of the village and the well. We also had prayers led by the children and local historian Angela Spencer-Harper talked to us about the well. We sang some songs and thanked God for the school and the well.

“After that we came back into school and had some country dancing. The older children wrote some poems about the school and how it would have been in Victorian times, which they shared with us.”

Pupils enjoyed a picnic in their classrooms following the day’s events.The Cherry Tree pub donated ice creams.

Residents were invited along to be thanked for their help in raising £60,000 for the school in the last year. The money will go towards a new building and it is hoped that the amount will be match-funded next year by the Oxford Diocese.

Mrs Harris said: “We also released some big balloons spelling out ‘Stoke Row 160’ as a symbol of the day. A lot of effort went into the whole thing and everyone really enjoyed it.”

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