From The Western Times - October 26th 1880
KINGSTEIGNTON - THE BRITISH SCHOOL
"The numbers of children attending this school having increased beyond the accommodation, additional rooms have been erected by Savery Pinsent Esq. These rooms, one of which will be used for the Infants, and another as a Reading Room, were formally opened by the Rev. J. Sellick of Newton Abbot, on Thursday.
At the same time, a bazaar was held on behalf of the funds of the school. The friends were fortunate in having a fine day for the undertaking. The bazaar was opened at 4.20pm. At 4.30pm, the Rev. R. W. Row introduced Mr. Sellick to those assembled. The Reverend gentleman, in the course of his address, whilst holding that only faith and Christ will save a man, urged upon all the importance of education. He said that whilst holding it was true that there were learned scoundrels and educated villains, yet there was in education an enlightening and elevating influence. He entreated all to attend to the education of their children, and not forget themselves, but to take advantage of the Reading Room and prepare themselves for the time not too far distant when they would have the vote and ought to know how to use it and support the Government that was best for the country. He spoke of the work that Mr. Pinsent was doing for Kingsteignton and then declared the rooms open.
Savery Pinsent Esq. briefly sketched the history of the movement in the village, the work done by former labourers in the cause, including Mr. Burd and of his own father* in whose footsteps he was proud to tread. He desired no praise, but only wished to see the work prosper, and the people taking advantage of their privileges and getting blest accordingly.
The work of selling was then resumed. The large room of the school, which was tastefully decorated was used for the sale of work and for the music. Another room was set apart for refreshments, which had been given by Mr. Pinsent's Bible Class, Mrs. Walling senior and junior, and the Misses Wallings being the caterers. All praised the admirable way this department was managed.
Great delight was experienced in the third room termed "The Exhibit" which included the Rev. L. W. Row's collection of old china, curiosities lent by Dr. Stradling, Mr. P. R. Mann and Mr. Windsor, and a "Fine Art Gallery" containing many choice pictures such as "The Deserted Home" (a painted an egg shell). The visitors were enlivened by vocal and instrumental music. The proceeds on Thursday amounted to nearly £70. This, with private sales and subscriptions, makes the sum realised to be over £100."
*Savery Pinsent was the youngest of 10 children. His father was Thomas Pinsent and his mother was Mary Savery, Thomas's second wife.