Maypole dancing and a history film were the highlights of a north Norfolk school’s 150th anniversary celebrations today.

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Parents, pupils and staff enjoyed a variety of events at Erpingham Primary School and welcomed the Bishop of Lynn who blessed their new building.

In keeping with the ethos of being a “Forest School” - a Scandinavian approach to outdoor learning which has recently been piloted in Norfolk - the log cabin is built entirely of sustainably forested wood from Estonia.

The Bishop of Lynn, Rt Revd Jonathan Meyrick, praised the work of the forest garden and said: “This is clearly a beautiful part of the world and this is clearly a distinctive and particularly kind school and it’s lovely to be part of its history and life.”

He was taken on a tour of the building and joined other visitors for a shared lunch, refreshments, cake, and forest school activities.

Head teacher Simon East said: “We’ve had lots of help from the parents to help organise things and we also borrowed the maypole from another school and renovated it.

“We made a film based on research and attached as much as we could about the school’s last 150 years. We contacted past pupils and teachers to ask them things they remembered and we interviewed people for the film. Norfolk Record Office helped us too.”

Mandy Durrant’s five-year-old daughter Sara attends the school and took part in the Maypole dancing.

Mrs Durrant said: “It’s a great school with lots of history which is important to remember and recognise. It is small but has lasted 150 years and just goes to show little schools can survive this long.”

● The school is continuing to collect information for its historical records. If you are connected to the school in any way and would like to share your story please call the school office on 01263 761365.

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