Clevedon reading haven would give pupils ‘sanctuary’

The school will use any money it receives to fund a reading haven.

The school will use any money it receives to fund a reading haven. - Credit: Supplied

A Clevedon primary school is hoping to secure funding for a reading haven.

Mary Elton Primary School, in Holland Road, has been named in July and August’s Tesco Bags of Help scheme which could land it a £4,000 grant.

It will use any money it receives from the scheme to build an outdoor reading haven next to its library which is about to undergo a refurbishment.

Headteacher Dean Hudd said: “The reading haven is our vision to inspire children to read for pleasure.

“A quiet, calm, tranquil, outdoor space which will provide a much-needed sanctuary for children to develop and grow their creativity.”

Library co-ordinator Rachael Ten Broeke added: “We hope this will provide the much-needed space for our children to relax, read and reflect which will compliment the major refurbishment of our indoor library.”

Tesco Bags of Help uses money raised from the 5p plastic bag levy to offer grants of £1,000, £2,000 and £4,000 to community projects across the UK.

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It is run in partnership with community support charity Groundwork and has so far given more than £30million to 4,600 projects nationwide.

Tesco customers can cast their votes throughout the next two months by using a token given to them at the checkout each time they shop.

Lindsey Crompton, head of community at Tesco, said: “We are absolutely delighted to open the voting for July and August.

“There are some fantastic projects on the shortlists and we can’t wait to see them come to life in hundreds of communities.”

Graham Duxbury, Groundwork chief executive, added: “We’ve been thrilled to see the diversity of projects that have applied for funding, ranging from outdoor classrooms, sports facilities, community gardens, play areas and everything in between.”

St Nicholas Chantry Primary School, in Highdale Avenue, was shortlisted in June’s Bags of Help project alongside Yatton Youth Club and Portishead Youth Centre.

It is hoping to secure the top prize to buy new books to fill it’s newly-refurbished library which has opened today (Wednesday).