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An article from Revd Stuart Leck

Article for The Bridge – Diocese of Southwark Newspaper When the heating at Rangefield Primary School on the Downham Estate stopped working at Christmas and the school faced being closed for three months whilst the remedial works were completed, there was the challenge of moving en-mass to another local school. From January the school moved to Forster Park Primary School in North Downham which involved transporting over 350 pupils and staff each day by coaches in the morning and afternoon. However the school was in need of a suitable venue as a collection and pick-up point as the Rangefield site could not be used whilst the works were being undertaken. St. Barnabas Church which stands at the centre of the Estate was approached as a possible venue and happily agreed to open its doors to the school in the morning and afternoon. Revd Stuart Leck, Team Vicar at St. Barnabas says, “It has been a great pleasure to assist Rangefield School during this time and to welcome the pupils, staff and families into the Church. Hopefully the links with the school and the community have been strengthened through working together and we look forward to building on the relationships that have been created.” Ms Pugh, Head of School at Rangefield expressed the school’s gratitude – “The Governors, staff and families of Rangefield Primary want to thank Rev Stuart and his team for being so accommodating, friendly and welcoming during our time of need. You really have all gone above and beyond for your community and we all appreciate it greatly.” On Maundy Thursday, to mark the end of the term, the Church provided refreshments in the Hall for the children, families and staff which was very popular. Whilst it was initially hoped that all the work would be completed by the start of the summer term, some of the pupils will continue to travel to Forster Park until at least the Summer half-term, whilst Years 2 and 6 have been able to return to Rangefield School. Bishop Karowei met staff, pupils and families whilst visiting St. Barnabas as part of his visit to the East Lewisham Deanery in April.