Cheers as school’s shelter is opened

Chairman of the fundraising committee Clare McOwan cuts the ribbon to the sheltered outdoor room at the Barnham Primary School.14LASEP27a-1 PPP-140929-152241006

Chairman of the fundraising committee Clare McOwan cuts the ribbon to the sheltered outdoor room at the Barnham Primary School.14LASEP27a-1 PPP-140929-152241006

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PLAYTIME and lessons for pupils in Barnham will be a lot more fun thanks to the work of Many Hands.

There were three cheers, plus a silent cheer, when a new outdoor shelter at Barnham Primary School was officially declared open last Friday.

The new wooden shelter, which can be used for outdoor lessons as well as at playtime, was funded by Many Hands – a group of parents who for around five years have been hard at work raising funds for the Elm Grove school.

Chairman of fundraising Clare McOwan said: “It has been great to open the shelter. It has been exciting because the children have also seen it being built.

“It can be used by the children after their PE lessons, for outdoor lessons and Many Hands can use it after school when we sell tickets for other events that raise funds for the school.”

As well as the shelter, Many Hands has also funded two new pieces of play equipment at a cost of around £9,000.

These new facilities are the latest in a long line of extras Many Hands have provided – other bonuses have included a trip to the pantomime, as well as books for the school’s library and wet play equipment.

The group receives a lot of support from other parents as well as the school’s head teacher James Everett.

Group treasurer Caroline Betsworth said: “It really is true what they say – a lot of hands really do make light work.

“We have a lot of support for what we do.

“We put on a lot of events to raise funds and we have a lot of volunteers.

“Some of the children have also started to help and we are calling them the mini-hands.”

From their events, which include, fairs, discos and film nights, Many Hands raises around £4,500 per year.

The group works with Mr Everett and the pupils to decide where the funds would best be spent to benefit all the children at the school.