Petition pays off

16th May 2011'Park Junior School, Medley Street, Castleford, West Yorkshire, ' ' picture of four pupils who raised a petition to save Clarke Hall from closure.'Pictured L/R: Iona Archer, Maisie Brook, Georgia Woolford, Eloise Davey.' PICTURE: MATTHEW PAGE
16th May 2011'Park Junior School, Medley Street, Castleford, West Yorkshire, ' ' picture of four pupils who raised a petition to save Clarke Hall from closure.'Pictured L/R: Iona Archer, Maisie Brook, Georgia Woolford, Eloise Davey.' PICTURE: MATTHEW PAGE
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PETITIONING pupils at a Castleford school have been campaigning to save a popular excursion destination.

When Maisie Brook, Jorgia Woolford, Iona Archer and Eloise Davey of Park Junior School heard that Wakefield Council-run Clarke Hall was under threat of closure they teamed up to try and save the visitor attraction.

The friends, all aged 11, put together a petition calling to keep the 17th century living history museum open, which they asked pupils, parents, teachers and visitors to sign.

After collecting 284 signatures the girls sent the petition to Wakefield Council. Their efforts were not in vain, as a recent reply from the council said it would keep the hall open to schools, which will now have to pay to visit. It also said the authority was looking at all options, including working with groups like the National Trust, to secure Clarke Hall’s future.

Kathy Levey, headteacher, said: “This came from the girls, it was nothing to do with me, they heard about it and they showed real initiative by coming to me for permission to do the petition.

“I’m so proud of them.”