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Bishop blesses school's new chapel

By This is Kent  |  Posted: January 28, 2011

Blessing: Bishop of Dover Trevor Willmott is joined by Reverend Nick Ash and pupils as he leads the prayers at the opening of St Mary of Charity School's new chapel GIIS20110118F-002_C

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PUPILS at a Faversham primary school have a quiet place for reflection, away from the noise and bustle of their classroom life.

A chapel has been created at St Mary of Charity Primary School in Orchard Place, replacing one last used 12 years ago.

It was blessed by Bishop of Dover Trevor Willmott, who visited the school on Tuesday, January 18, to lead the ceremony.

The original chapel was removed in 1999 due to a shortage of room in the school, but internal alterations have created a small space which allowed it to be restored – much to the delight of the newly ordained Rev Nick Ash, a Year 3 teacher at St Mary's.

He said: "There was always a plan to re-establish the chapel and after I was ordained last July, it gave me a new impetus to see it through.

"Being a church school, it always felt awkward that we didn't have a chapel. Now it is here, it feels like the spiritual heart of the school has returned."

The chapel will be used for weekly assemblies and bi-weekly morning prayer meetings for parents.

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