Friday 16th November saw the official opening of Out Rawcliffe’s Wind Turbine by the Mayor and Mayoress of Wyre,
Councillor Keith Riley and his wife Joan, in front of the whole of Out Rawcliffe school, the Parish Council and various other
visitors on the day.
The opening was commemorated by “Fanfare For Wind”, a new piece of music composed especially for this occasion by the children and their musical director Mr Squires-Evans.
Once the opening ceremony was complete everyone moved indoors to their assigned activities – the children to story time, windmill/windsock making and paper plane designing; the committee to serving tea and cakes and the officials (Mayor, Mayoress and Chairman of the Parish Council) to judging. Well, you’ve got to keep them busy!
The children had previously been assigned some half-term homework according to their Class:-
Class 1 (years R, 1 & 2) had to “Paint a picture of a windmill”.
Class 2 (years 3 & 4) had to “Provide a poem and illustration of Green Energy”.
Class 3 (years 5 & 6) had to return a “Green Energy Project”.
The judges had the difficult task of deciding the winners from each of these categories based on content, effort and presentation.
We had originally only intended to present prizes to the winners but the overwhelming amount of effort that had gone into the projects meant we had to raid our stock of standby prizes so that 2nd and 3rd places could also be awarded.
Meanwhile in the rest of the Hall the children had been split by class with the youngest (in the bar room!) watching videos, playing games and making/decorating windmills. The other two classes split their time between designing, decorating and flying paper planes (medals for best decorated and furthest flown) and making windmills and windsocks entirely from recycled materials.
In the middle of all this activity there was a cake stall displaying wares from parents and children with proceeds going to Children In Need, an electrical demonstration provided by Garstang High School and a seating area for anyone dropping in for some information, a gossip and some tea and cakes.
All too soon three o’clock arrived and it was time for the Mayor and Mayoress to present the prizes.
Medals were awarded to Daniel Keegan, James Aspery and The Wildcats for furthest thrown paper plane and to William Lewis and Kate Lingard for best decorated.
Unfortunately Class 1 did not have time to complete their paper planes so Peter Dunn and James Lawrenson will get a medal for their previous colouring and painting class work.
Flying toy planes and insects were presented to all the children who had completed a project with special prizes going to the following:-
Class 1 : 1st Kate Jenkinson, 2nd Eve McMillan and 3rd Anna Charles.
Class 2 : 1st Thomas Jenkinson, 2nd Carrie Swarbrick and 3rd Robert Lambert.
Class 3 : 1st Kate Lingard, 2nd Elizah Bonsall and 3rd Oscar Lingard.
Finally, as a gesture of thanks for their efforts, a couple of water-powered clocks were awarded to the Mayor and the school headmistress Mrs Cookson.
We had also planned to start a balloon race on the day but the theft of the couriers van put paid to that so they will be released next Saturday (24th November).
The official Courier photographer was in attendance for the opening ceremony so an article may appear in a few weeks.
Thanks to the parents and teachers who helped keep control on the day, the Mayor and Mayoress of Wyre, Basil Lawrenson, Philip Durrigan, the helpers in the background, Garstang High School, Fred Attwater, Helen Buck from the Rural Wyre Childrens Centre, Ailie Law from the Adult College at Lancaster and Allan Lambert.
The final words of this article are from Thomas Jenkinson :
The Wind Turbine
The village hall put up a wind turbine
It’s very big and it really does shine,
People say we live in telly tubby land,
With dipsy po and the rest of the band.
But I think it’s a really good idea
The reasons for it are very clear.
Global warming is coming fast
The earth’s resources just wont last
The ice caps are melting too
There are lost of things that we can do
We don’t have to go to school by car
We can go on bike its not so far.
Recycle your rubbish and switch off your lights
And don’t waste water when you bath at night
Recycle your bottles plastics and tins
And put your peelings in the compost bin
Recycle your paper clothes and shoes
And think about everything you use!