23rd Oct, 2019

Councillors’ funding will help transform Malvern school playground

Craig Gibbons 23rd Jul, 2018

A MALVERN primary school has received a bumper donation from two district councillors to help transform their playground.

John Raine and Natalie McVey each donated £250 to St James CE Primary School as part of the Ward Budget Scheme.

The scheme, run by Malvern Hills District Council, provides councillors with £500 each year to assist with projects which would allow them to become more involved in their communities.

The funding will go towards the school’s playground project which includes plans to re-mark the netball and football pitches, provide new climbing apparatus, as well as an outdoor theatre stage.

Niki Smith, business manager at St James’ CE Primary School, said: “We are so thankful to John and Natalie for their generous donation.

“We are hoping to redevelop the playground area by applying for funding and raising money ourselves.

“There will be discussions on the design for the playground and hopefully it will be completed by next summer.”

In 2017/18, nearly £19,000 was allocated to more than 50 projects and organisations including new library books for Malvern CE Primary School and the sponsoring of a rider at Malvern Hills Riding for the Disabled Group.

Natalie McVey, West ward councillor for Malvern Hills District Council, said: “I am very pleased to offer this grant to St James’ CE Primary School to help improve their playground.

“Having an allocated area for children to be active and socialise is so important as it not only helps with their physical well-being but also their mental well-being too.

“We wish them luck with the project and we can’t wait to see the finished product.”

Visit www.malvernhills.gov.uk/ward-budget-scheme for more.

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