Community project rescued by Bury St Edmunds students

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A community project that was on the brink of collapse has been rescued by an enthusiastic group of students.

Three pupils from County Upper School, in Bury St Edmunds, have taken over responsibility for content and design of the Howard Estate’s quarterly magazine.

The next issue is due in March and the Year 11-13 students involved – Elliot Potter, Emma Bradley and Mel Kennedy – are already busy carrying out interviews for their suggested topics.

Ernie Broom, chairman of the Howard Estate Association of Residents and Tenants (Heart), has had regular meetings with the group and is expecting to be presented with proofs at the end of this month.

“I thought that was the end of it,” said Ernie, of the magazine’s former editor, Tom Murray, stepping down after two editions.

“But I think it’s fantastic these youngsters have got the enthusiasm to take this on – something really good has come out of it,” he added.

Mel, 18, plans to study English literature and politics at university and has a ‘strong interest’ in media and circulation, all skills she hopes to develop by working on the magazine.

“I think it’s an incredible opportunity,” she said.

Emma, 17, said: “I want to go into journalism so this sounded like the thing to join.”

“It’s a testament to students at this school that they’re so willing to get involved in activities that dominate a huge amount of time,” said Vicky Rhodes, the teacher who is overseeing work on the project.