A SCHOOL is back in the hands of its community after Cheshire County Council handed over the keys.
Dunham Hill Primary School, which has been empty since it closed last month, will now be leased to the community after 16 months of hard work from the Dunham On The Hill Community Project.
Gowy Cllr Eleanor Johnson said: “We have got a lease on the building for five years but we will be moving for a 999-year lease.
“The people of Dunham Hill should be proud of what they have achieved. It is a once in a lifetime opportunity which the community had to take, otherwise the building would have been lost to them forever.”
Although Cheshire County Council still owns the site it has been leased to the community who will pay for the upkeep and manage the building.
“It is the first Cheshire community assets transfer in the county and means the building will be there for a long time,” added Eleanor.
“The Sarah Bartholomew School will be having a couple of classrooms but the rest can be used for whatever the community wants.
“It is available for hire. Someone is looking into running music lessons and there will be afternoon tea dances.
“If the community come up with an idea that is feasible we are more than happy to do it.”
There will be a community hog roast on September 6 to celebrate the transfer and help raise much-needed funds.