Speaking at a reception at Clatford School to celebrate the formal opening of the new extension, Sir George said it seemed only yesterday that everyone had been in the same room launching the appeal for over £73,000. This was the school's contribution to the overall cost of £730,000
"I remember standing in front of a large thermometer, where the mercury was nearer to freezing than boiling point, thinking that is a lot of money to come the Clatfords. There was also a painting of a brick wall, where we could buy a paper brick for £5 to start the project off."
"And here we all are, less than eighteen months later, with the money under the belt and the building work completed. The new IT suite is sensational - the sort you might well find in a much larger secondary school. There has been a lot of hard work and I pay tribute to Jane Wilson and the team in raising the money.But we have also had a lot of fun - the Ball at the Army Flying Museum in Middle Wallop springs to mind. This has been a model of how to raise money, and it shows that people will give generously for a popular and successful village school."
Before unveiling the plaque, the children sang and played some songs on woodwind.
Earlier in the day, the Bishop of Basingstoke, Trevor Willmott and the Mayor of Test Valley, Cllr Pat West viewed the extension, which replaced two wooden huts.