28th June 2002





Staff at the Lincolnshire School of Agriculture said a fond farewell to the Caythorpe campus this week.


Over 50 members of Caythorpe staff, past and present, gathered at the campus on Tuesday evening to bid farewell to the much-loved campus.


Reminiscing over a buffet and wine, staff recalled various events and student antics which had taken place over the years.


“One year a couple of students got in serious trouble after taking the windsock from RAF Cranwell and flying it from the top of Caythorpe’s main court building,” said Gareth Oliver, ex-engineering student and now customer services assistant at the University of Lincoln.


Steve Watson, FE co-ordinator, recalls - as did many - arriving at work one morning to find that engineering students had dismantled a tractor and rebuilt it in the reception area as a RAG week charity stunt.


“The students were chastised but staff were actually very impressed by the technical ability, teamwork and speed at which they had executed the task,” said Steve. “The students have displayed many such skills over the years. 


“Following a disco one evening, a bike appeared on top of the clock tower where it remained for several weeks before anyone managed to climb up to remove it!


“We have also had bikes soldered together around the sundial in the oval.”


Fond memories also emerged of the annual country fairs and summer balls on the terraces.


Many of the staff at Caythorpe will be relocating to the Lincolnshire School of Agriculture’s Riseholme Park campus where animal and equine facilities are currently under construction in preparation for the start of the new academic year.


“The building work is on schedule,” said Clive Bound, Head of School.  “Administration and teaching staff will be moving to Riseholme Park at the end of June but the staff on the equine yard and animal unit will remain at Caythorpe until their new facilities are ready.


“It is sad to be leaving Caythorpe, but these are exciting times of change and we are looking forward to the challenges that the new, larger campus will bring.”




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For more information contact:

Gill Noakes, Press Assistant, University of Lincoln

Tel: 01522 886042 Email: gnoakes@lincoln.ac.uk