BARROW'S Chetwynde School saw its rugby team being invited to the county club festival that was held at Carlisle Rugby club in 1994.

The school were defending champions in the under nine competition, but they were drawn in the strongest group along with Aspatria Netherhall and Egremont.

In the opening game Chetwynde lost 10-0 to Aspatria but went on to defeat Netherhall with two tries from William Forrester.

The last game was lost 5-15 to an Egremont team, the Chetwynde try coming from captain David Wood.

The under 11s, after an unbeaten season, proved to be one of the strongest teams in the competition.

They easily won both their group games with a 52-5 victory over Egremont and a 29-0 win over Windermere.

The school then moved comfortably into the final with a 35-0 victory over Netherhall to then play in one of the most memorable games of the year only to lose in the last minute of the match 21-19 to Aspatria.

In 1991, The intermediate boys swimming team from Our Lady’s School, Chetwynde, Barrow, took part as one of the fastest twelve teams in the county in the finals of the English Schools Swimming Association Team Championship.

They came fourth in the boy’s intermediate medley relay and sixth in the boy’s intermediate free style relay.

In 2012, enthusiastic new senior and junior Head Girl took part in saving their beloved Chetwynde School.

At the time, the independent 3 to 18 years school had entered a new era which saw stability and growth in its future.

A heartfelt campaign had been launched by the community to stand against the prospect of the highly successful school closing down when the former governors announced that it would shut due to falling numbers of pupils.

This was later reversed after a new body of governors steered the school to a brighter future.

Fern Schofield, the new senior Head Girl gave a passionate speech explaining that the table topping school was too good.

She also explained how it was too special for Barrow to lose.