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NEWS AND EVENTS

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ORGAN BURSARIES

Ongoing Organ Bursary. Following initial success with the first scholar and reviewing costs, a second scholarship was added. Following the 2017 reunion and a generous donation, a third scholar has been added to the programme. The programme is a rolling ongoing one with new scholars being inducted as the older ones leave school. This is a tremendous programme and owes its inception to the idea and financial support of Charles Whitham, a former pupil of Lewes County Grammar School for Boys.

NEW SIGNS FOR THE CHAPEL

Sept 2016 - Information boards commissioned and installed with
the official unveiling at the 3/11/16 Remembrance Day service.

2017 REUNION

September 2017 - Old Lewesians reunion 2nd September 2017. To read the address given by Dr Stephen Goss, Emeritus Fellow in Medicine, Wadham College, Oxford and also the 2014 reunion address given by Robert Musgrave MBE  Click below and below the adjacent item.

BUILDING SURVEY

The Trustees have instigated a building survey, not in light of any pressing concerns but to provide a road map for the future in the hope that preventive maintenance can avoid costly repairs, possibly outside of the ability of the school to fund. The survey results should be available during 2019 and will form the backdrop to future financial and maintenance planning.

 

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JUNIOR TRUSTEES

The Chapel Trustees sought Junior Trustees from the Priory School pupils to foster involvement of current generations in the Chapel story and to seek the ideas of a younger generation. The Junior Trustees have the opportunity to see how the Trust works, to identify specific projects of their own (for which they have a modest budget if needed) and to work together to bring these to fruition. To date, the Junior Trustees have designed a Trust logo based on one of the stained glass windows in the Chapel, conducted video interviews with some of the Trustees (now available on this site) and are currently working on creation of a Chapel Display Board for the School, a Junior Trustees Notice Board for the School and also an article to be published in the Sussex Express newspaper. They are also hoping to set up a Facebook page for the Chapel during this academic year.

PRIZES AND AWARDS

Starting in 2018, the Trustees have been supporting prizes/awards to Key Stage 3 pupils and also Sporting Awards at Priory School. 
The Trustees have also agreed to support an annual World War One battlefields trip that the school normally organises. The intention was to extend access to a foreign trip that some pupils might not otherwise be able to attend. In 2019 as it was not be possible to organise the battlefields trip, the Trustees agreed to support a visit to the Imperial War Museum. It is hoped the battlefield trip can be re-instated from 2020.
The Trust is also funding the award of the Edgar Povey Trophy, a prize regularly awarded at the Lewes County Grammar School for Boys. a silver chalice with the names of the winners engraved is kept at Priory School. The award is for exceptional service.

THE 55 - A STORY SET IN STONE

Noted Lewes author and journalist and current Chapel Trustee, David Arnold has produced a new book bringing together all the historic material on the Chapel and updated it with new research into the lives the of some of the 55. This was a major work and having been launched in 2018 at the Lewes History Society, is still being promoted to new audiences to increase knowledge of the Chapel and the Trust.

CURRENT PROJECTS

The Trustees are currently looking at options to get the Chapel Bell back into working order. The bell came from the old Naval Prison in Lewes, constructed to take prisoners from the Napoleonic Wars. Once regularly rung, the bell mechanism has fallen into some disrepair. Quotations have been obtained and it is hoped to progress to the works during 2019.

The Trust continues to work with the school to further develop areas of cooperation. Potential new projects include sponsorship of a choir ( Junior Trustees conducting a poll to gauge interest), possible support of an extra curricula foreign language class and support for teaching the outreach programme of the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA)