Did you know that there was a Methodist School in Ashbourne from 1880 to 1970?
On 10th March, Ashbourne Methodist Church held an event celebrating the school, which was attended by over 120 people including ex-pupils, one ex-teacher and even the former caretaker’s wife.
Pupils at the school were nicknamed “Wesleygogs”, and during the evening they were able to explore the old school which is now a residential centre used by visiting schools and youth groups.
Pupils from different decades shared their memories in a panel discussion, with the oldest having attended the school in the 1930s and the youngest leaving when the school closed in 1970 after it had merged with Parkside. A common theme was how happy the school was.
Refreshments were enjoyed in the Century Hall, giving people plenty of time to share their own stories and to meet old friends.
Former pupil Peter Dawson shared poems inspired by his memories of the school and the event also featured live music from the 40s, 50s and 60s, played by ex-pupil Don Cox and by members of the church’s worship band.
A book about the school, written by Sheila Cook, was on sale at the event. Anyone interested in a copy should contact Stuart on 01335 300338.