A global brick exporter and a rural infant school may sound like unusual partners, but the two have joined forces to help make Ewhurst CofE Infant School’s dream a reality.
Manufacturer of bricks and tiles, Wienerberger, on the outskirts of Ewhurst village has agreed to provide all the bricks and tiles necessary to replace a 1950’s detached wooden classroom.
Named after its original benefactor, Sir Eric Miller, the ‘Miller Hut’ was used for teaching until more permanent classrooms were added to the main school building in the 1970s. More recently, the building has been used as a storage space, with items having to be stacked carefully in order to avoid leaks and damp patches!
The school has now received planning permission to replace the Miller Hut with a conventionally built brick and tile building and work began at the start of the year. With the school nearing full capacity, it will provide much needed additional teaching space and scope to provide before-and-after school wrap-around care.
The £270,000 new building has received nearly half of its funding from the diocese but this still leaves the small village with £150,000 to find – equating to around £100 per household.
"It is wonderful to know that a crucial community building will be built by products from just down the road."
Chair of governors, Bob Arnold said: “The fundraising is a tall order, but we have not been short of enthusiasm in Ewhurst. County Councillor Alan Young was supportive of the project from the start and it was his idea to speak to Wienerberger to see if they could help.
“We were absolutely delighted when they said they would supply all the bricks and tiles we needed. It is wonderful to know that a crucial community building will be built by products from just down the road, I can’t image there are many schools able to say the same in 2015!”
"Ewhurst CofE Infants is a glowing example of a Church village school... The school’s new building will be a blessing to local children for generations to come."
Diocesan Director of Education, Derek Holbird added: “Ewhurst CofE Infants is a glowing example of a Church village school. In keeping with its long history, it provides education of the highest quality within a hugely supportive community. The school’s new building will be a blessing to local children for generations to come.”
If you would like to make a donation, please go to the Virgin Money Giving website and search for ‘Ewhurst School Governors Fund’. If you would like to donate an inscribed brick which will be on permanent display (minimum donation of £50.00), an application form is available to download here.