Lord Taylor of Holbeach officially opens £2million Skelton Hall refectory at Wisbech Grammar School

Opening of Skelton Hall, Wisbech Grammar School. Picture: Steve Williams.

Opening of Skelton Hall, Wisbech Grammar School. Picture: Steve Williams. - Credit: Archant

Wisbech Grammar School’s newly built £2 million refectory was officially opened on Friday by Lord Taylor of Holbeach, chief whip in the House of Lords.

The refectory is named ‘Skelton Hall’ in honour of Robert Skelton MA, CEng, FIChemE, FNucI, MI MechE.

Mr Skelton, a nuclear energy teaching fellow then senior lecturer in chemical engineering at the University of Cambridge 1990 -2007, served as governor to the school for 15 years from September 1998 - March 2014.

The headmaster Chris Staley and governors were joined by guests including local MP, Stephen Barclay, Wisbech Town Mayor, Councillor David Hodgson and Councillor Carol Cox, chairman of Fenland District Council.

Guests were served afternoon tea in the Skelton Hall after the ceremony with musical accompaniment provided by first form pupil Natasha Richardson, performing her own compositions, and Miles MacLachlan, a sixth form grade 7 pianist playing a variety of classical and jazz pieces.

Mr Staley said: “It is an honour to be naming our newly built refectory after Robert Skelton who served as a Governor to the school for over 15 years.

“As well as providing leading knowledge and expertise in many areas throughout the years, Bob arranged for Wisbech Grammar School pupils to attend Magdalene College each year for taster days to introduce them to life and study at a Cambridge college, reinforcing our close links with the University.”

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Mr Staley said Skelton Hall has quickly become the heart of the school and a focal point where parents, pupils and staff come together.”

He said the refectory is situated within the heart of the site with stunning views over the games fields; it is not only a place for dining, but also a multi-use space for the school.