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Knight School Rutland could close due to lack of money

A programme which teaches children the importance of pride, courtesy and respect is under threat due to a lack of funding.

Knight School has been running in Rutland for more than a decade but the charity only has enough cash to continue for another year.

After that it will be forced to close unless someone steps up to fund the project.

Children from Knight School Rutland
Children from Knight School Rutland

Volunteer Janet Berridge said: "The children really benefit from the sessions and we would love to keep in running.

"Knight School endorses what parents teach their children but we can't keep going on fresh air."

Each six-week course costs around £650 to run but the charity only receives donations of around £100 each time.

The knighting ceremony
The knighting ceremony

The team need to pay rent to Oakham Methodist Church where they meet and to Oakham Castle where they host a knighting ceremony at the end of the course.

Sessions are run by volunteers, including Joyce Lucas who gives talks on litter.

She said: "The volunteers work so hard to explain to the youngsters about pride, courtesy and respect, considered a vital part of growing up.

"I hope someone will come forward to rescue this vital fun form of learning with sponsorship so Knight School can continue."

Guests at the knighting ceremony
Guests at the knighting ceremony

Sessions based on medieval principles run twice a year in the spring and autumn.

Each course hosts 12 children aged between six and eight. They learn practical skills in the sessions and are encouraged to help at home during the week.

Prizes are awarded to the top performing knight and maiden at the knighting ceremony which is conducted by the high sheriff.

Anyone who can help sponsor the programme can contact Janet Berridge on 01572 770707 or janet@owentudor.co.uk

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