Former pupils help to fly the flag at school

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AN old desk and a new flag became important symbols of community when former pupils visited St Bartholomew’s CofE Primary School at West Pinchbeck on Tuesday.

The Lincolnshire flag – of a red cross edged in yellow and bearing a yellow fleur-de-lys on a background of blue and green quarters, to represent the crops, sea, skies and fields of the county and created in 2005 – was raised at a ceremony attended by Willow Class pupils and seven or eight former students of the school as part of a project looking at community.

The former pupils brought with them an old desk that was previously used by the headteacher of the school when it was based at the village hall. The school moved to its current premises in the sixties and the desk somehow became lost, but has now been renovated and restored to the school.

One of the people involved in its restoration to the school and present at the flag-raising ceremony was former pupil Maurice Chappell – another symbol of community. His father was once chairman of governors at the school and Maurice’s brother Bryn has been chairman of governors for the past 25 years. Maurice himself is a governor for the Garth and Priory schools in Spalding.

“We decided with our community governor Anthony Helcoop we wanted to have more of a focus on our community and that having a flag was a nice symbol of our school within the community,” said head teacher Sally Birks, who explained that the flag would alter, depending on the time of year.

As part of the community project the West Pinchbeck pupils have linked with a school in Boston, exchanging emails to compare and contrast their lives.