LSH members attended a public meeting at The Woodlands Conference Centre, Chorley on Monday 3rd November 2008 to oppose proposals that the soon-to-be-built Primary School serving Buckshaw village will be awarded to ‘The Blackburn CofE Dioces & Chorley Methodist Circuit’.
There were in the region of 100 people present (including bidding teams from both sides). After initial presentations from both bidding teams what followed was a very lively meeting when supporters of the faith school bid seemed somewhat taken aback by the number of attendees – (and not just LSH members) – objecting to their proposals; and reacted in a very predictable manner by labelling those objectors as ‘Anti-religious’ … Notwithstanding that the objections voiced were entirely to do with the unfairness of favouring children from families who support the church over families who don’t – and the ability the school would have to discriminate over who it employs based on the beliefs and life-styles of those applicants … When [after all] this school was being bought; paid for and maintained entirely by Lancashire County Council, not by any faith group.
Prior to this Public Meeting, LSH assisted in leaflet dropping 300 houses in the immediate vicinity of the school with pamphlets [A.B.C. (All Buckshaw Children)] outlining the dangers of discrimination should the school become a faith school.