Methodist schools celebrate centenary of co-operation

The Board of Management for Methodist Schools next weekcelebrates its centenary with a celebration concert and service atMethodist Central Hall, Westminster. More than 570 pupils of the 14independent Methodist schools in England and Wales take part in thegala music concert on Saturday 29 November, at 7.30pm, performingworks by Bizet, Rutter and Parry.

On Sunday 30 November, at 11am, the President of the BritishMethodist Conference, the Rev Dr Neil Richardson, will preside at aspecial service to mark the 100 years' contribution by the Board inMethodist education.

The Board of Management was set up by the 1903 MethodistConference and its Trust Deed was signed in December of that year.The Board was founded to represent Methodist secondary schoolsamong the new Local Education Authorities established by the 1902Education Act.

The Secretary of the Board of Management, Mr Graham Russell,said: "Generations of pupils have every reason to be grateful tothe wisdom of those Edwardian Methodists that set out the basis onwhich our schools have been administered ever since. These pioneerswould have found the world of today an unrecognisable place, butthanks to their foresight, and the dedication of countless peoplesince, the Methodist schools in Britain continue to flourish."

During the centenary weekend's events, Methodist Central Hallwill be decorated with 14 large banners hung from the balcony ofthe Great Hall, the artwork for which was designed by pupils fromeach Methodist school. A Centenary Book is to be presented duringthe Sunday morning service, with signatures of more than 10,000staff, pupils, governors and support staff of the 14 schools. Thesesignatures have been gathered during the autumn term and thecompleted book will tour the schools in the next few months beforebeing given a place at the Wesley Museum, City Road, London, nextyear. Proceeds from the Centenary Concert are to go to theMethodist Relief and Development Fund.

The Methodist independent secondary schools in Englandand Wales

For further information about the Board of Management forMethodist Residential Schools contact the Secretary, Mr GrahamRussell, Methodist Church House, 25 Marylebone Road, London NW15JP. Tel: 020 7935 3723. See online at: www.methodisteducation.co.uk