Friends no more?

It seems the fate of Chipping School (formerly the Friends School) in Chipping Bonhunt is heading for a very sad end.

Having failed to find an educational provider that could take on the school, the administrators have sold the site and buildings to a developer. We await their plans with trepidation. What a shame the government didn’t have the imagination to buy the site in order to meet the growing need for school places in North Essex. In one simple move, the needs of the next decade could have been provided for.

Let’s hope that something can be salvaged for the local community: the sports facilities and playing fields are a very important local resource.