Were you one of the Hartlepool evacuees sent to this school?

A school which is celebrating 360 years of learning is appealing for former pupils to come forward – including those from Hartlepool.

By Chris Cordner
Thursday, 16 May, 2019, 11:00
Were you one of the North East evacuees who found themselves among Arkengarthdales 1940 pupils?

Arkengarthdale Church Of England School in the Yorkshire Dales will mark its long-standing history as a hub of the community on Saturday, July 6, officials have announced.

They are offering ‘an open invitation to anyone with a connection, fondness or close affinity with the school to share memories and mark their part in the school’s heritage’.

Arkengarthdale School which is celebrating 360 years of education.

And among those being urged to come along are Hartlepool residents who found themselves in the remote location when they were evacuees during the Second World War.

Charles Cody, who is the Chair of Governors at the school, said: “Arkengarthdale School has an incredible legacy, faithfully serving the families of the dale and beyond, whilst being at the heart of our community for 360 years.

“There are so many stories to tell and memories to share. We look forward to welcoming and reuniting those with a love for the school and marking this landmark in the dale’s history.”

But it’s not just Sunderland people who are invited.

Others came from Gateshead and Hartlepool.

A school spokesman said: “Over the years, many Arkengarthdale students have been born and bred in the dale, however others have come from different places and backgrounds.

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Going back to the war years, a large number of evacuees boosted the roll, from as far afield as Gateshead, Sunderland and Hartlepool. More recently, families have moved into the dale from across the UK and the aim is to reach out to as many ex-pupils as possible.”

The event will be hosted at the school, between 1pm and 4pm on July 6, when visitors can browse old photographs and memorabilia.

They can also catch up with friends, soak up the special atmosphere of the school and enjoy a strawberry tea in a marquee on the playing field.

The school is calling out for memorabilia to create extensive displays for the event.

Those who can help should email admin@arkengarthdale.n-yorks.sch.uk with any photographs or momentos. They should also identify names where possible. An acknowledgement will be sent, with an invitation to respond to some questions, to capture as many memories for the displays.

A facebook group, called ‘Arkengarthdale C of E School – celebrating 360 years’ has been created.

Anyone with a connection with the school is invited to contribute.cOfficials encouraged people to visit https://www.facebook.com/groups/1186417878185158/ for further details.

Is there a school from your childhood which you would like to reflect on? Would you like to share memories of classmates and teachers that you remember. We would love to hear from you.

To share your memories, email chris.cordner@jpimedia.co.uk