Bookwell School is rejoicing in a beautiful new library, superbly equipped with attractive books and furnished with child friendly carpets and bean bags. The library was officially opened by retiring governor and former kitchen manager, who was providing excellent dinners long before Jamie Oliver, Jennifer Carver. Herself a former Bookwell pupil, and mother and grandmother of later Bookwell pupils, Jennifer has donated a book in celebration of the Library’s opening.

Fundraising by Francis Dunnery has greatly helped the school to provide these excellent resources for its pupils. Francis is determined that the Charlie and Kath Dunnery Children’s Fund should benefit all Egremont children, and having supported his own old school, St Bridget’s, last year, he has chosen old rival Bookwell this year.

An auction of memorabilia held in The Ship Launch on July 15th raised more than £1000, after the sale of fifty-seven cherished items. To round off a thrilling evening, attracting fans from all over the country, Francis played in support of local singer, Colin Nichol, and his band, and gave 15 year old fan, James, all the way from Birmingham, his guitar to play while he had a breather, while his dad, Baz, had a go on bass.

The following day saw the Golf Competition at St Bees. Two return flight tickets to New York City were the first prize went to Carl Jackman from Egremont, and Peter McVeigh was runner-up.

About £1500 was raised in an excellent weekend and we still have the sponsored walk, the soccer camp and the concert to come in October. Next year, Francis promises a live concert in the Castle Grounds, a Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Published in Egremont Today