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Two generations get together for special event at Sewerby Hall and Gardens

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Schoolchildren and older residents were brought together for a special event held at Sewerby Hall and Gardens which included shared activities and an opportunity for the young people to hear first-hand memories of bygone days.

Pupils from Hilderthorpe Primary School in Bridlington met people who attend the Applegarth Court Day Centre at the event, which included baking sessions in the hall's historic kitchen and visiting the 'Beside the Seaside' exhibition which is currently on display and shows how visits to the seaside have changed over the years.

The children were fascinated to hear first-hand memories from the older visitors about their own memories of their younger days.

The intergenerational experience was organised as part of the link between Sewerby Hall and Gardens and the Hull Children's University, which has recently expanded into the East Riding.

Hull Children's University is a local charity that aims to raise the aspirations of young people by providing a wide range of learning experiences outside the classroom, to bring learning to life.

Hilderthorpe Primary School is one of eight primary schools that are already part of the expansion and Sewerby Hall and Gardens has recently been validated by the Children's University as a 'Passport for Learning Destination'.

Rob Chester, education officer at Sewerby Hall and Gardens, said: "The children thoroughly enjoyed talking to the Applegarth service users and learning more about their lives, what it was like growing up, their school days, favourite past-times, holidays, favourite games and working lives."

Chris Jackson, day services support officer at Applegarth Court, said: "Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the day. The people who went along love to talk about the old days and they enjoyed chatting with the children about what they did for entertainment and how they spent their holidays when they were young."

Jamie Baxter, assistant headteacher at Hilderthorpe Primary School, said: "The children really did enjoy it. It was very interesting for them to hear about how things like schools had changed over the decades. The children came out with some lovely questions and it gave them a real insight into how people used to live."

Lisa Whitton, East Riding manager of Hull Children's University, said: "It has been a pleasure working with the education team at Sewerby Hall and Gardens and Applegarth Court, to produce this special experience for the children of Hilderthorpe Primary School. I feel it is important for children to appreciate the extent of their local community, building mutual respect, confidence and understanding.

"Everyone learned something new during the day, and left with a renewed sense of pride and belonging in their community."


left photo Hilderthorpe pupils Mason, Casey and Ellie chatting to Doris Newby
right photo Hilderthorpe pupils Jacob, Callum, Ben and Callum in the kitchen at Sewerby Hall