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Sunday, 19 June 2016
Hundreds of guests who attended the Patterdale Hall Open Day were delighted to see just how well the Hall and grounds were looking after the completion of Phase I of renovation work on the estate. The newly refurbished accommodation wing was admired, as was the pointing, the painting and new roof, along with the extensive work that has improved the gardens and grounds. The 80 acre estate on the shores of Lake Ullswater, owned by Bolton School, played host to pupils and their families, teachers, staff, governors and other interested parties, who enjoyed a range of displays and activities including archery, canoeing, bush-craft and orienteering. Guests also sampled the first-rate cuisine that Patterdale Hall is famed for, enjoying both lunch and afternoon tea. Fundraising activities included a hotly contested duck race, guess the weight of the cake and guess the name of the doll competition. Several hundred pounds were raised for the local mountain rescue team and for the Friends of Patterdale Hall.
The fully-equipped adventure learning centre with its own qualified instructors and domestic staff hosts Bolton School pupils from Year 4 through to Year 12. It has also operated commercially for more than 20 years and is regularly utilised by other schools, colleges and universities as well as businesses and individuals.
Post-event, VIPs enjoyed a Hog Roast and Chairman of Governors, Mr Michael Griffiths, unveiled a plaque celebrating the completion of the first phase of renovation work on the Hall and its grounds.
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