Green-fingered pupils and building society staff join forces to develop school’s nature area and garden

Britannia staff visited Westgate Primary School to do some gardening for their Foundation Stage.
Britannia staff visited Westgate Primary School to do some gardening for their Foundation Stage.

Young eco-warriors at Westgate Primary School, in Bury St Edmunds, had their shovels at the ready when they joined forces with building society staff to transform a nature area and garden.

Pupils worked with representatives from Britannia, in Abbeygate Street, as part of the school’s ongoing redevelopment of its Foundation Stage outdoor learning environment.

The building society, part of the Co-operative bank, also donated £100 of plants including winter vegetables and kits to make bee boxes.

Builders merchants Ridgeons has also donated a ton of top soil, pea shingle and bark.

n Harvest Festival themed fund-raising and donations has taken hold at schools across West Suffolk.

Classes at St Edmundsbury Primary made their own basket of harvest goods to present to All Saints Church, where a service was due to be held today.

St Christopher’s Primary, in Red Lodge, collected tinned food for the Newmarket Open Door project. Children at Great Heath Primary, in Mildenhall, designed and decorated harvest hats. They also dressed in harvest colours and donated to the town’s King’s Project.

n Guildhall Feoffment Pre-School raised more than £90 for Macmillan Cancer Support as part of the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning.

Parents made cakes and donated prizes for a raffle, which was due to be drawn today.

n A giant peach worth of Roald Dahl characters descended on St James Middle, in Bury, as pupils donned colourful costumes for the author’s ‘Marvellous Children’s Charity’.

They raised £500 in aid of seriously ill children.

n Culford School pupil India Thompson was chosen from more than 250 entrants to model for Velvet magazine’s AW13 Fashion Show at the Granary Estates, near Newmarket. The evening raised money for Niamh Henry’s Fairy Wish Fund in aid of the children’s unit and the paediatric counselling services for bereaved children at Addenbrooke’s Hospital plus the Rainbow ward at West Suffolk Hospital.

n Nearly 230 children descended on King Edward VI School, in Bury, to see a demonstration by dancers from The Royal Ballet School as part of the primarySTEPS programme.

The pupils from Guildhall Feoffment, Hardwick, Howard, Sexton’s Manor, Tollgate and Westgate Primary Schools will now spend the next six weeks learning the moves in workshops.

Twenty five of the most talented pupils will then be invited to further their new-found knowledge by joining free weekly classes, hosted by King Edward VI, for up to four years.