Old School House in Terrington could become heritage and community centre

PLANS have been submitted to transform a former school into a heritage and community centre.

The Old School House, in Terrington St Clement, is owned by the Hugh Kerkham Charity and will be converted by the Old School Community Heritage Project if plans are approved by West Norfolk Council.

The Grade II listed building was put up 194 years ago as a school paid for through public subscription. It was extended 43 years later and has had further additions in the meantime.

It was also used as a public dispensary for the village and until the last few years was used as a community hall for church and village use.

A document supporting the application said: “There is an established demand within the community for places of assembly, learning and social activities.

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“It will provide a venue that will attract individuals of all age groups to meet, socialise, educate and embrace information technology.”

The building will include a variety of rooms which can be used for a number of purposes. There will also be a kitchen, caf� and exhibition area.

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Extensions to the building will hide the “scars” of removing a 1950s extension and new glazed walls will enable the original brick facade to be seen from outside the building.

The building was bought by the Hugh Kerkham Charity last year after 10 years of negotiations. It previously belonged to the Parocial Church Council.

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