A redundant classroom is to take on a new life as the Melplash Agricultural Society’s Discover Farming Classroom at Washingpool Farm, North Allington, Bridport.
The classroom, generously donated by Dorset County Council, came from Wareham Middle School which is now closed. The responsibility for collecting and moving it, however, was the responsibility of the Melplash Agricultural Society, and proved to be quite a challenge. Society Directors, George Streatfeild and Marcus Beresford, took charge and with help from Bryan Wrixon disassembled the classroom ready for collection and transportation, which was kindly undertaken by fellow Society Director, Philip Hardwill of P H Hardwill Limited.
Marcus Beresford commented “It was pretty adventurous getting out of the school site as we were very limited for manoeuvring space… we were also very lucky that North Allington was relatively clear as the wide load only just squeezed through. The resting of the classroom on its twelve jacks at Washingpool Farm was a work of art by Mike and Philip Hardwill both working a JCB hi loader in tandem with Mike Hardwill guiding them.”
Throughout the year, Simon and Vicky Holland of Washingpool Farm, Bridport DT6 5HP will be hosting school visits where children will see ‘up close and personal’ a number of farm activities and animals. The Society will be arranging subsidised transport for these visits to allow all local schools to take advantage of this great opportunity.