Prince Charles speaking to a student at the Grennan Mill Craft School, Thomastown during his visit to Kilkenny in May of last year
A promise made by Prince Charles during his visit to the county last year has led to lasting links between two educational facilities, one based in Thomastown and the other in Scotland.
Recently, Alexandra Meldrum and Gus Mabelson of Grennan Mill Craft School, had dinner with Prince Charles at Dumfries House in Ayrshire, Scotland.
During the Royal Visit, Prince Charles’ was so impressed by what he saw in Grennan Mill that he suggested a formal link and asked that his charity based at Dumfries co-ordinate with Grennan Mill on possible collaborations.
The six bespoke training centres at Dumfries offer a selection of education and training programmes that have been designed to support learners in primary and secondary education with experiential, hands-on activities. On her return from Scotland, Alexandra Meldrum, course director at Grennan said everyone at Dumfries had been told about ‘the laudable and impressive work’ they were doing by Prince Charles.
“At dinner that evening with Prince Charles, we were very proud to tell everyone about our respective courses,” Alexandra said.
“It was such an inspirational visit, we were so impressed with all the wonderful work that has been done at Dumfries in a relatively short space of time,” Alexandra added.
Alexandra, Gus Mabelson and the rest of the hardworking team at Grennan Mill are looking forward to a visit from students at Dumfries in the autumn and see the potential participation of Dumfries students at Grennan as an endorsement and recognition of the centres of excellence built up over the decades in Thomastown.
Last November, Simon Sadinsky of Dumfries House Education, visited the Island Mill in Thomastown and reported back to Prince Charles on what he saw.