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Sir Tim Rice- Guest of Honour at Aldwickbury School

Published Monday 28th of April 2014 03:29:25 PM

Sir Tim Rice- Guest of Honour at Aldwickbury School

On Saturday 26th April Aldwickbury School (Harpenden) celebrated the opening of a new hall. The event signified the end of an eight-year project; from the inception of the idea, through the building of the dining room, the library, the music department, the hall and associated facilities.

300 people attended the event, including Sir Tim Rice who was one of 15 'Old Boys' from the 1950's. Guest of honour Sir Tim Rice spoke fondly of his time at the Harpenden School; he was presented a photo frame containing photos of him performing in a play during his time at the school.

This latest development for Aldwickbury School is built on the legacy that was started by Kenneth Castle and Brian Chidell.
Lea House, started in 1937, was founded by Kenneth Castle; he employed Brian Chidell who was to become his partner in the business. In 1948 they moved the school to its current site and so Aldwickbury was born.

Mr Castle passed away in 1959, and Brian Chidell became the sole Headmaster and continued to build the Aldwickbury vision.
The naming of the new Castle Dining Room is a fitting way to show appreciation for Kenneth Castle. And Brian Chidell, who had a passion for drama, will be remembered through Chidell Hall which will enhance provision for the creative arts.
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