Opening of the Alston Curve

Horray! Yesterday, 2nd May, we welcomed a group from the Friends of Alston Hall, some of our own Friends of Higham, our local Setmurthy Parish (St Barnabus’), Trustees students and tutors to the ribbon cutting of our new “Alston Curve”.

It was a lovely afternoon and we enjoyed a little celebration to mark the building of this little structure in the grounds, made possible by the generosity of the Friends of Alston. The “Curve” will be used by whoever wishes to use it, and we anticipate students from artist, music, meditation and literature courses will find it a practical resource, with a fantastic and inspiring view.

Higham now has a special focal point in the grounds for everyone to use freely. I, myself, was considering a tap dance routine could go down well, but I am sure others will find all manner of uses for this space, armed perhaps not just with brushes, but instruments, books, cameras, cups of tea or maybe just personal contemplative thoughts.

The “Alston Curve” will also serve as a fitting memorial to Alston Hall, which at one time was Higham’s Lancashire equivalent, in the Ribble Valley. Sadly Alston Hall has now closed. The Friends of Alston approached us to see if we needed anything special as they had some funds left, and we chose the ‘Curve”. Most importantly, we endeavour to uphold the spirit of Lifelong Learning, and the “Alston Curve” will remain an embodiment of the same for many years to come.

Huge thank yous to:

  • The Friends of Alston Hall who funded the project
  • Neil, Lana & Graham in the garden who created the space and access paths
  • John & Alison Lowe Ltd who installed the decking and Curve
  • Tutors, Students, Friends, Trustees and members of our local parish who have supported the project