24th Sep, 2020

Library boost for Malvern school thanks to help from district councillors

Craig Gibbons 28th Feb, 2018

YOUNG bookworms were left delighted after their school library was stocked up with tales of fact and fiction, thanks to Malvern Hills District councillors.

Pupils at Malvern Parish CE Primary School are now enjoying leafing through a range of titles presented to them by Chase Ward councillors Melanie Baker, James O’Donnell and Rebecca Massey.

Between them the trio donated £300 from their ward budgets to stock up the library of the Manby Road school after Coun Baker found out it was in need of a refresh while out talking to residents.

Coun Lucy Hodgson, who represents the area on Worcestershire County Council, matched their contribution with £300 from her divisional fund.

Headteacher Sue Parker said: “We’re just delighted we have the money to buy all these books.

“It’s really great for the children who are so excited.”

Coun Baker added: “We’re delighted to be able to support the school by making this donation.

“Reading develops so many skills and fires the imagination and it was wonderful to see the joy on the children’s faces.”

Every councillor on Malvern Hills District Council is given £500 a year to spend on supporting projects in the areas they represent, as part of the authority’s commitment to building stronger and healthier communities.

This year around £19,000 has been allocated to more than 50 projects and organisations.

Grants include sponsoring a rider at Malvern Hills Riding for the Disabled Group, helping replace old heaters for the Seventh Malvern Scout Group and supporting the running of Welland Cordery Club for over 60s.

Allocations for this year have ended but each councillor will be given another £500 each to spend supporting projects from April 1.

To apply visit www.malvernhills.gov.uk/ward-budget-scheme.

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