History repeating itself on leap year day

By Olivia Muir, 18 February 2016 – 

Newton Rigg Society event on leap year day will show history repeating itself

As a prelude to the Newton Rigg 120 year anniversary in the autumn, Newton Rigg Society is hosting a special event at North West Auctions (J36 Crooklands), encouraging past and present students to share stories and bring along old pictures. The aim is to build a wider archive of student life during the last few decades which can be shared later in the year. Committee members are hoping that people will make the most of the extra day in 2016, by reminiscing at the free supper on leap year day, Monday 29th February from 7pm, when past students are serving up a hog roast.
Newton Rigg Society committee is keen to grow their membership and links with Newton Rigg, by spreading their events across the county. Keenly aware that history does repeat itself, the committee is encouraging current student to bring along parents and relatives, many of whom are past students from the college.

Chair of the Newton Rigg Society, Trevor Wilson from Cartmel said “We know many sons and daughters at the college come from generations who also attended Newton Rigg in the past. Our Leap Year celebration event aims to bring a new generation of past students together. We’re putting a call out for as many past students as possible to come along.

Many of our committee come from generations studying at the college, Jim Hadwin was a student 50 years ago and his daughter Amanda attended much more recently. Amanda and husband Simon from Mansergh Hall Farm have generously offered to provide the hog roast free of charge; it means we can ask for donations towards a bursary for current students at the college which links past and present.

I’ve talked to John Park from Low Sizergh Barn, who is coming along, he was a past student as were his two sons and grandson, it is gearing up to be like a big family reunion.”

As well as chance to catch up with old students there will be a display of photography through the ages. The committee is keen to see pictures from the 1970’s onwards, when the archive is a little bare. Trevor Wilson said “memories are precious so pictures can be scanned and returned, we’d love to see a new generation of past and present students reconnecting, and hope this event is the catalyst. We want to keep the impetus going and have other visits and events planned for the rest of the year.”

Anyone wanting to find out more about the event or the Society can contact Society Secretary Chris Mountain on 01228 576738. To reconnect with past students you can also visit the Face Book Page www.facebook.com/newtonriggsociety

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