A LITTLE piece of South Tyneside’s history is on display again for all to see.
Derick Popay and others at Hedley Community Hall, Hebburn, are delighted with the latest addition to the building.
A stained-glass window, first installed in Jarrow Central School in 1900, now takes pride of place in the former Hedley Sunday School, in Argyle Street.
Mr Popay, clerk of works at Hedley Community Hall, explained that the window was recovered from a skip when Jarrow Central School was demolished in 1975. It had been at the school since 1900.
He said: “Alan Potts, a science teacher at the old Jarrow Grammar School in Bede Burn Road, fortunately knew of the window at the time of the Jarrow Central School demolition.
“He obtained permission from the head of his school to take a number of his boys and make a recovery of it.
“Alan arranged a project for the children to repair the damage to the window and these repairs are now part of the window’s wonderful history.
“Much appreciation is offered to Alan and all the boys who took part in recovering and restoring the window.”
The teacher kept the window, which depicts a biblical scene, in his possession until it was passed on to Hedley Community Hall.
Grandad-of-three Mr Popay, 73, who installed the window in its new spot, added: “Both Jarrow Central School and the Hedley Sunday School were both built in 1882, so it feels very fitting that the window is here.
“We’d love for people to come and see it.”
Hedley Community Hall, part of St Cuthbert’s Church, was named after the church’s first vicar.
It was once a Sunday school but it is now used for community events, parties, and exercise classes.
An open day is being held at the hall on Monday, September 30, when people can go along to see the window and learn more about its history and the beginnings of the Sunday school.
It runs from 10am to 4pm and is free to attend.
The event will also include a presentation from St Cuthbert’s church warden, Margaret Wilson, who has compiled a history of the Sunday school.
Anyone wishing to use the hall for a class, event or party, should call 483 3195. To speak with St Cuthbert’s current vicar, Rev Alan Maxwell, call 420 2792.
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