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Grand opening of £2 million refectory at Wisbech Grammar School




Lord Taylor of Holbeach cuts the ribbon at the grand opening of Skelton Hall at Wisbech Grammar School
Lord Taylor of Holbeach cuts the ribbon at the grand opening of Skelton Hall at Wisbech Grammar School

A Wisbech school has officially opened its new £2 million refectory which has been named in honour of a former governor.

Wisbech Grammar School welcomed Lord Taylor of Holbech to cut the ribbon of Skelton Hall during the opening ceremony.

The refectory is named in honour of Robert Skelton, who served as a school governor for 15 years.

He was also a nuclear energy teaching fellow and senior lecturer in Chemical Engineering at the University of Cambridge.

Skelton Hall will not only provide a range of options for the lunch service, but also has soft seating and offers fresh barista-made coffees in a cafe-style environment.

Headmaster Chris Staley is delighted with the new refectory.

He said: “It is an honour to be naming our newly-built refectory after Robert Skelton.

“As well as providing leading knowledge and expertise in many areas throughout the years, Bob arranged for Wisbech Grammar School pupils to attend Magdalene College each year for ‘taster days’ to introduce them to life and study at a Cambridge college, reinforcing our close links with the University.

“Skelton Hall has quickly become the heart of the school and a focal point where parents, pupils and staff come together.”

Mr Staley and the governors welcomed MP Steve Barclay, Wisbech mayor David Hodgson, along with Carol Cox, chairman of Fenland District Council, to the opening.

Guests were served afternoon tea in the Skelton Hall after the ceremony, with musical accompaniment provided by first form pupil Natasha Richardson, performing her own compositions.

Sixth former Miles MacLachlan, a Grade 7 pianist, also entertained guests during the ceremony by performing a variety of classical and jazz pieces.



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