School of rock! Richard Hale to benefit from Rock at the Castle 2017

PUBLISHED: 17:07 03 March 2017 | UPDATED: 17:08 03 March 2017

Rock at the Castle in Hertford [Picture: Steve Beeston]

Rock at the Castle in Hertford [Picture: Steve Beeston]

Steve Beeston

Rock at the Castle 2017 organisers have announced this year’s charity beneficiary.

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Now in its 13th year, Rock at the Castle has become a well-established and very successful part of Hertford Town Council’s annual events programme.

The charity event has raised over £44,000 for local charities over the past 12 years.

Councillors agreed at the town council’s development and leisure committee meeting earlier this week that the Richard Hale School’s appeal would be this year’s charity, in recognition of the school’s 400th anniversary.

Richard Hale School is marking the milestone anniversary by fundraising to build and equip a state-of-the-art sports hall.

The new building will be an invaluable asset for the students and staff of the Hale Road school.

Cllr Jane Sartin, chairman of the development and leisure committee, said: “Richard Hale School has been an integral part of Hertford for the past 400 years.

“Many of its former pupils became Hertford Town Councillors and mayors of the town, and councillors felt that it was fitting to recognise the school’s important anniversary by selecting their appeal for a new sports hall as the charity beneficiary of Rock at the Castle 2017.”

Last year’s charity beneficiary, Children’s Integrated Playschemes (CHIPS), raised £6,000 on the day from fundraising.

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