Bible pupils keep alive 160-year-old school tradition

Reverand Philip Brooks, vicar of St.Mary's Church, Crich, presents bibles to students at Crich Carr Primary Church of England School.
Reverand Philip Brooks, vicar of St.Mary's Church, Crich, presents bibles to students at Crich Carr Primary Church of England School.
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As part of a local tradition dating back over 160 years, Whatstandwell junior school students were recently presented with a ‘Sims Bible’ by the Reverend Philip Brooks, vicar of St.Mary’s Church, Crich.

The seven students at Crich Carr Primary Church of England School, were the latest in a long line of local children to benefit from a tradition started around 1846 by the Hurt sisters of Alderwasley. The sisters bequeathed money for each school leaver in the Crich area to be presented with a bible. One of the sisters, who had married a Major Sims, unfortunately died young and the remaining sisters decided to name the legacy in her memory.

Children in the Crich area benefited every year from this Victorian legacy, until very recently. Reverand Brooks explained that money from the original legacy ran out a few years ago, but Crich Parish Council came to the rescue and funded most of the money needed to keep the tradition alive, with the remainder donated privately.

Nowadays the bibles are presented to year six children prior to their starting secondary school.