And why is it needed? Because the old Victorian school needs replacing, and the government – our government – is not supplying enough money. The school needs to raise at least £400,000 from the local community. £400,000! And here was me innocently thinking that those tax demands that land on our doorsteps pay for state schooling.
And I am sure Broadchalke school is not unusual. All schools need School Aid. So we have included an instrumental version of the song, inviting other schools to add their own voices – and make their own versions to sell.
This is not a party political issue.
Where’s the money Mr Blair?
Can you spare a quid, Mr David?
Have you got any, Mr Kennedy?
And it will all be in vain unless enough people buy a small plastic disc, or press the download button. So please, download. And feel free to record your own version for your own charitable cause.
24 November 2005.