PUPILS from a village primary school are enjoying a new play area thanks to help from Daventry and District Housing (DDH).
West Haddon Primary School completed work on the new-look play area after receiving a grant from DDH’s Community Chest Fund.
Run in partnership with contractors Lovell and Cummins, the initiative offers grants and people power to local community projects, with successful applicants chosen by a panel of DDH tenants.
David Rosevear, headteacher at West Haddon Primary School, said: “We have been planning to improve the play area for a number of years. We had raised enough money to pay for part of the work.
“The grant meant we could totally transform the area with a new surface along with games lines and activities, which are important for encouraging the children to stay active at playtime with engaging play.
“It has meant we’ve been able to finish the project much earlier, and has been a big surprise for the children. They have been busy using all the markings, which are inspiring young minds and nurturing creativity.”
Sarah Sims, community development officer at DDH, said: “The school PTA carried out a survey of all parents and some pupils to show the impact this new games area would have on the local community, which really impressed our panel.
“The school had worked really hard in raising money for the project. We were really pleased that the Community Chest Fund could allow them to complete the project ready for the new term.
“It was really rewarding to see the children’s faces as they discovered that the playground has changed for the new term. We hope this is the first of many enjoyable playtimes to come.”
For more information on the fund or for an application form, visit www.ddh.org.uk, call 01327 707500 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.