Tynings children sign slates for new roof

Published on: 29 Dec 2015

CHILDREN from The Tynings Primary in Staple Hill were among thousands of people who signed slates for the new roof at Dyrham Park.
The stately home has made a feature of its major repairs over the past eight months, inviting visitors up the scaffolding and on to the roof to view the work going on.
The pupils from Falcons and Otters classes saw their slates put into position on the roof timbers when they visited. They also toured the deer park, saw Mr Blathwayt’s apartment and sampled hot chocolate with chilli!
Teacher Miranda Ponsford said: “Our day was fabulous. I was taken aback by how overwhelmed the children were with all aspects of the house. Obviously going onto the roof was a highlight, but I hadn’t realised how few of my class had been inside a stately home.”
More than 9,000 slates were needed to replace the 150-year-old leaking roof at the mansion, Most of them were signed by visitors, contributing £40,000 towards the £3.8m National Trust project.
Dyrham Park has seen a record number of visitors in 2015, proving that it made the right decision in staying open during the conservation work.

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