Search on for ex-pupils

A group seeking to restore historic Pulham Pennoyers school are looking to trace former pupils so their experiences and memories can be recorded for posterity.

A group seeking to restore historic Pulham Pennoyers school is looking to trace former pupils so their experiences and memories can be recorded for posterity.

Residents at Pulham St Mary are raising funds to convert the old school into a community and education centre. It started life as a medieval guild chapel, and is currently on Norfolk's historic buildings at risk register having stood empty for almost 20 years.

The project was featured on BBC TV's Restoration Village series last year, and a roadshow was held in the village, near Harleston, in August.

Sheila King, who is spearheading the initiative, said: "One lady we'd love to trace sent her children to the roadshow with a donation to the project. She wanted to remain anonymous, and all we know is that it was her 100th birthday the Tuesday after the event.

"She must be the oldest living ex-pupil and to have the opportunity to speak to her, and hear about her experiences, would be fantastic."

Members of the group are helping children at Pulham Market Primary School who are starting a project on Pennoyers.

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"We'll be working with them to put together some of the heritage learning resources that will be available to all primary school children once the centre opens," added Mrs King. "We'll be looking to so the same with a secondary school in the area in due course."

Former pupils can contact Mrs King on 01379 608054.