Pupil take-over at Paxton House proved a great success

Upstairs, downstairs at Paxton House.
Upstairs, downstairs at Paxton House.

When Eyemouth High School pupils took over the running of Paxton House for a day, their cookery demonstrations in the old kitchen proved popular with visitors.

For eight weeks, the S2 and S3 pupils researched various aspects of the house, which is open to the public, how it runs on a day-to day-basis and how they would like to run it on the day it was given over to them to operate.

Eyemouth High School pupils in period costume outside Paxton House

Eyemouth High School pupils in period costume outside Paxton House

The project was part of a school enrichment programme, learning new things with different groups of people.

After familiarising themselves with Paxton House, the group planning on taking it over for the day Lexie Pringle (S2), Luke Davidson (S3), Brogan Dougal (S3), Charlotte Alexander (S3), Shannon Alexander (S3), Robyn Strang (S3), Carla Rutherford (S3), Tiegan Dickson (S3), Leona Maltman (S3), Alanya Robinson (S3), decided they would use the same format for the guided tours of the house but decided to open up the old kitchen and having cooking demonstrations running throughout the day.

Brogan and Leona were receptionists for the day, responsible for directing guests and letting them know about everything that was happening.

This was a daunting job but one which the pair did well, and they were both warm and welcoming.

In the Old Kitchen, maids Charlotte and Shannon baked bread, drop scones and steam pudding on the traditional charcoal fires under the watchful eye of head chef Kim Kirkby, tearoom manager at Paxton House.

In the Old Kitchen, maids Charlotte and Shannon baked bread, drop scones and steam pudding on the traditional charcoal fires under the watchful eye of head chef Kim Kirkby, tearoom manager at Paxton House.

Robyn, Alanya, and Carla were the tour guides.

They wrote funny and informative tours and dressed in period costume persuading two teachers, Mrs MacMillan and Mrs Fairbairn, to do the same.

All the guests who took tours around the house were very impressed.

In the old kitchen, the maids Charlotte and Shannon baked some delicious bread, drop scones and steam puddings on the traditional charcoal fires under the watchful eye of head chef Kim Kirkby, tea-room manager at Paxton House.

The tasty treats went down a storm with the visitors while adding some extra fun and warmth to the takeover day.

Luke bravely agreed to take an extra special role on the day and became the Paxton House mascot Paxton Ted.

He proved particularly popular with the 35 pupils from Reston and Ayton Primary Schools who visited Paxton House on the day, courtesy of Perryman’s buses who laid on free transport.

The schoolchildren particularly enjoyed giving high fives and hugs to the mischievous bear.

He then returned to help Lexie as they photographed, facebooked, tweeted and instagramed the day.

The requested feedback from guests proved to be overwhelmingly positive.

A spokesperson for Paxton House said: “We would like to thank the students for all their hard work and all the guests who came to support them.

“What a great day.”