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After the fire

Posted by newells on May 1, 2018 at 6:50 AM
Here are two excerpts from newsletters written after the fire which indicate that the plan was to rebuild and re-open Newells at Lower Beeding: Nr.71 - January 1968 ... Due to a fire at Newells at the commencement of the Spring Term, the school has been evacuated for a time to Handcross Park, five miles away, whilst repairs to Newells are being carried out... . Nr.72 - April 1968 ... Many people are interested in what is happening at Newells; we had originally hopedto have rebuilt the inside of the centre portion which had been so badly damaged ; this would have been considered a repair and would not have required planning consent so that the work could have been carried out with little delay. Unfortunately the outer wall of this section was found by engineers to have deteriorated to such an extent that it would have to be demolished and rebuilt; this has meant that planning consent has to be obtained and further delays involved. The plans have now been produced for this section, which have redesigned the lay-out of the dormitories which have been concentrated upon the first floor and extending through the old classroom block to the Sick Wing, giving access to the whole of the first floor. There will be staff rooms on this floor, and then on the second floor only one large dormitory and our private rooms. In order to take advantage of the setting at Newells and the wonderful view, large oriel windows will be incorporated in the new building which will give it plenty of light and air. The drawing of the detailed plans, the submission to the Planning committee, and the obtaining of tenders for the building is likely to take until September, when it is planned that the rebuilding should commence ; it is hoped to be a nine month project so that we can move back again in the Summer holidays of next year, restarting in September 1969.... Since a visit to Newells on June 4th 2018, I have found out that the school was very under insured, thus after the fire there would not have been finance available to rebuild.

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Reply john cogswell
9:32 AM on May 10, 2019 
I was at Newells when the fire broke out, remember being photographed for BBC news sitting out on one of the lawns on my tuck box, which had been saved.
I seem to remember one of the nurses was given a medal for her bravery in trying to save Alex Parker, Anyone remember her name?