Clevedon primary school bids to win Tesco cash for library

Parents and pupils visiting Clevedon Tesco, pictured with Store manager Mike Wheatley.

Parents and pupils visiting Clevedon Tesco, pictured with Store manager Mike Wheatley. - Credit: Archant

A Clevedon primary school is hoping to raise thousands of pounds for a new library through a supermarket’s community scheme.

St Nicholas’ Chantry Primary School, in Highdale Avenue, has been named as one of the shortlisted groups in Tesco’s Bags of Help scheme, which sees money raised from the 5p bag levy used to fund projects across the country.

The initiative, which is run in partnership with environmental charity Groundwork, sees grants of £1,000, £2,000 and £4,000 given to three groups in each Tesco region with shoppers deciding who receives the top prize.

The Friends of St Nicholas’ Chantry Primary School has been working over the past two years to refurbish its library by redesigning the layout, installing new furniture and lighting, and removing unwanted books.

The group is now planning to use any grant it is given through the scheme to buy new books to refill the library ahead of its opening later this month.

Tom Knott, chairman of the friends group, told the Times: “I’m absolutely delighted that the Friends of St Nicholas’ Chantry library renovation project has been chosen for inclusion in the Tesco Bags of Help scheme.

“The project is nearing completion, but we still have a lot of books to buy to fill the new shelves and this scheme will really help us complete this final phase.

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“We aim to open the library on June 28, the culmination of two years of hard work by our amazing PTA team planning, painting and fundraising to create a wonderful and inspiring new resource for the children and staff of St Nicholas’ Chantry.”

Lindsey Crompton, head of community at Tesco, added: “There are some fantastic projects on the shortlists and we can’t wait to see them come to life in hundreds of communities.”

Yatton Youth Club and Portishead Youth Centre have also been shortlisted.

Voting will be open in stores throughout June when shoppers will be given a token at the checkout.

The Bags of Help scheme has so far given more than £28.5million to more than 4,000 community projects.

Click here for more information about the Tesco Bags of Help scheme.