much of the School that we knew and loved has been demolished and those parts
still standing has now been converted into private homes. To many of us, however, the
heart of the School lay in the Meeting House, which remains and is used both by
Ayton Friends and the community in Great Ayton.
The Meeting House is no longer required as a place for the
three hundred plus Ayton scholars to assemble, for which it was extended in
1968. Ayton Friends have grappled with the task of altering it to ensure that it
continues to serve the needs of its much-changed community.
The appeal for funds has been met with much
generosity and will be in the region of £208,000. £21,000 has been identified
as being from Old Scholars. Additionally £10,200 has been raised by the sale of benches and
of these all except five benches have gone to Old Scholars.