Children at Charlton Mackrell Church of England Primary School are celebrating the opening of a new enclosed playground area, which includes a fitness zone and a peace garden. The development was funded by an £8,000 grant from Tesco’s Bags of Help campaign.
Parents, members of the community, representatives from Tesco in Glastonbury, the diocese and other local schools were invited to an opening ceremony at which they were welcomed by the school choir. The School Council then thanked everyone for their help and support.
Pauline Dodds from the Diocese of Bath & Wells gave a blessing in the Peace Garden and Kevin Moore, Chair of Governors and representative of the local amateur dramatic group, ‘magically’ turned on the water fountain, which was funded by a donation from CHADS.
“Enclosing the trim trail and peace garden within the fenced boundary means that the children will now have full access to enjoy all areas of the school environment, bringing diversity and choice to both play and curriculum time,” commented Mrs Gilly Kempton, Headteacher. “The peace garden is a spiritual area for quiet reflection and conversation; there is a special place for reading and games; there are willow tunnels and the trim trail itself holds the promise of endless possibilities for both personal and shared challenges and competition. Mission accomplished!”
Mrs Kempton continued “To see the area full of our friends and neighbours enjoying themselves and with the children playing so happily has certainly made all the effort worthwhile. Charlton Mackrell has successfully achieved yet another milestone in its long history.”