Kell Bank bi-centenary events

Kell Bank CofE Primary is celebrating its 200th anniversary but now how it wanted to.

Thursday, 9th July 2020, 3:02 pm

Because of the Coronavirus shut down, events to mark its opening in 1820 at Healey, near Masham, have been put on hold to later this year.

A school spokesman said: “The bi-centenary of this remarkable school will be celebrated by the whole community and, although it will have to take place later in the year, it will mean no less to all those involved.

“A more detailed summary of the life of this wonderful school will be forthcoming, along with the new date for the anniversary celebration.”

The school was originally financed by businessmen, William Danby of Swinton Park and William Heslington of Masham, to educate the children of the parish.

In 1822 the school was acquired by Rev Joseph Burrill, who was the minister of the parish church of Masham.

Today, this small school is still at the heart of the community.

The spokesman said: “Kell Bank has weathered the storm of lockdown and supported the children and their parents in home schooling.

“The school has now fully reopened, with two ‘bubbles,’ ensuring that all of their pupils will have some time in school before the Summer Break.

“Kell Bank must have had many challenges in its 200 year old history, with the recent one being high on the list.”