School searches for final £2k to purchase and build library and creative space

PUBLISHED: 13:00 27 October 2018

Students hope to raise £2k in two weeks for Project Xenia. Picture: Mike Thie

Students hope to raise £2k in two weeks for Project Xenia. Picture: Mike Thie

Mike Thie

Students who aspire to raise thousands of pounds to create a community library have just two weeks left to raise the final £2,000.

Pupils from Clevedon School, in Valley Road, appealed to the public to dig deep to help them raise £12,000 to make a creative space and library.

Project Xenia is a student-led plan to see a library in the shape of a boathouse formed out of two shipping containers to further boost literacy and the love of reading in the area.

The library will give pupils an innovative safe place to read, study, come together and explore their creativity.

The deadline to reach the £12,000 is fast approaching and now there are just two weeks for the students to raise the final amount and make their dream a reality.

The library will embody the Greek classical code of hospitality and stories, bringing in Odysseus the ancient traveller and his quest across the sea.

Students have been working with the English department on the project for two years and the campaign has also been backed by Sir Tony Robinson, a British actor, comedian, author and presenter who is best known for his role in BBC’s Time Team and as Baldrick from Blackadder.

Head of English, Jo Carrington, told the Times in July the containers would be a ‘natural way’ to marry the Avonmouth docks with Clevedon alongside the wood cladding to represent the town’s seaside heritage.

She said: “It would also be a community space so it could be used as a pop up quirky place for business meetings. We run book groups and creative writing and it would be a place for us to meet – both extra curricular clubs and groups from the community.”

Jo added this week: “This will be an incredible project for the students and entire community.

“We would urge anyone who can help to get in touch and help us achieve our dream.”

North Somerset Council has pledged £3,000 and the Parents of Clevedon School have collected £2,000 in donations.

The two containers cost £8,000 and there is an additional cost of £2,000 for the wood needed for cladding the outside, plus £1,000 for landscaping and £1,173 to cover fees and VAT.

Visit www.spacehive.com/xenia to donate or if you run a business and keen to get involved, contact Jo at the school.

Other News Stories

35 minutes ago

Next year’s Portishead Carnival has been cancelled after organisers decided to review the event’s future.

Read more
Yesterday, 18:00

Spots were sported across North Somerset this year, as hundreds of people turned out to support Children in Need.

Read more
Yesterday, 13:58

Three directors have been appointed at Bristol Airport.

Read more
Yesterday, 12:58

Thousands of people flocked to an Abbots Leigh garden centre and enjoyed the district’s finest festive crafts producers last weekend.

Read more
Yesterday, 12:00

A woman who is passionate about reducing waste is hoping to set up a new shop to help people to become more environmentally friendly.

Read more
Yesterday, 10:00

A shop with a difference is opening in Nailsea town centre.

Read more
Yesterday, 08:10

Hundreds of performers showcased their talent at Nailsea Festival of Music (NFOM) on Saturday.

Read more
Yesterday, 06:44

Health inspectors have criticised a Clevedon care home because people were at risk of suffering burns.

Read more
Mon, 16:00

A Clevedon man was sentenced to 10 months in prison on Thursday for possessing hundreds of indecent videos of children.

Read more
Mon, 14:00

Firefighters battled a van fire outside a Clevedon shop this morning (Monday).

Read more

Most Read News

Read Online

Image
Read the North Somerset Times e-edition E-edition

Local Weather

Snow

Snow

max temp: 8°C

min temp: 0°C

Useful Links

Reader Travel

Clevedon Tide report

Family Notices 24

Newsletter Sign Up

North Somerset Times twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Show Job Lists

Find planning applications