Although no longer in his constituency due to the boundary changes that came into force at the last election, Fabian was delighted to return to Harewood Church of England Primary School on Monday 23rd January for the opening of the new school extension. The project incorporates the adjacent dwelling house into the school to provide an additional classroom, a library and new offices. The house, which in historic times was occupied by the head teacher, was owned by the Harewood Estate. It has been very generously donated to the school by David Lascelles, Earl of Harewood who was invited to perform the official opening at the celebration school ceremony. Fabian had been active in helping to resolve difficulties with planning procedures and other barriers to progress that had delayed the project.
Fabian said, "I am delighted that the children at Harewood School now have such a wonderful environment in which to learn. Under the leadership of the Head Teacher, the support of governors and the dedicated work of the staff, Harewood has established itself as a demonstrably outstanding and happy school. The inclusion of School House into the fabric of the school has enabled the creation of quality areas for teaching and learning. The project is a truly a credit to the skill and imagination of the architect and the endeavour of the builders. They have realised the vision for a truly modern village Church of England shool within an historic building. It was such an honour to be invited for the official opening."
The photograph shows Fabian together with Councillor John Proctor, Rupert Madeley (Head Teacher), Janet Gregson (Chair of Governors), David Lascelles and Alec Shelbrook (MP for Elemete and Rothwell) in front of the special plaque in the school entrance that records the generosity of the Earl of Harewood.