Bridstow Primary School PTFA are holding an official opening
for the new Library at the school on Thursday, 8th November
at 6.30pm. The Library was stocked with books and equipment
only after fund-raising by the PTFA which raised around
£5,000 over two academic years.
local people and businesses who helped the PTFA with this
mammoth task, especially with their Strawberry Fair in June
2007, have been invited along to the Library Opening as
a way of saying thank you for their support of the PTFA
and the school.
Library will be opened by international best selling author
Phil Rickman, who not only lives locally to Bridstow but
also bases his Merrily Watkins books in and around the Herefordshire
and Forest of Dean areas. His latest novel, 'The Fabric
of sin' is set in Garway and an earlier book, 'The Lamp
of the Wicked' was set in Ross and Much Marcle. Phil Rickman's
work has been described by one newspaper as, 'an episode
of the 'Vicar of Dibley' or 'The Archers' suddenly turned
Rickman has written nine books featuring his character Merrily
Watkins, who is a female vicar and deliverance consultant
for the diocese of Hereford and his stories weave together
the criminal, psychological, sociological, spiritual and
supernatural realms, not to mention some romance with musician
Lol and teenage angst from Merrily's daughter Jane.
the Library Opening Mr. Rickman, who also writes as Will
Kingdom and Thom Madley, will be reading to the children
from his own work and will have copies of his books for
sale and for signing. The school has also been given a painting
by Manchester based artist Paul Bradley, who came along
to the Strawberry Fair and created an original work of art
with children from the school. Entitled 'Shine as a Light
in the World' the painting takes it's inspiration from the
school motto and will hang in the new Library area.
Chair Rose Kibble said how thrilled and excited the PTFA
were at not only being able to present the school with all
of the books and equipment now in use in the Library, but
that the school has been supported in this way by Mr Bradley
and Mr Rickman, both of whom have given of their time for
both a professional artist and a best selling author lend
you their support, it makes all of the hard work in raising
the money for the Library worthwhile. Not many small school
PTFA's receive this sort of support, so we're really pleased.
It's also really nice to be able to invite along all of
the people who helped the PTFA with their fund-raising for
the Library to say a public thank you and to let them see
how the children are benefiting from the funds they helped
the PTFA to raise.'