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 to donate or if you run a business and keen to get involved, contact Jo at the school.

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