Crowds turn out for community fun day
A free community fun day at The Meadows Primary in Bitton to mark the arrival of new play equipment proved a huge success.
Meadows headteacher Joy Mounter with Wellsway Multi Academy Trust chief executive Andrea Arlidge and her deputy Matthew Cottrell with representatives of Linden Homes and the Friends of the Meadows on the new play equipment
Marvellous Meadows Mayhem was organised by headteacher Joy Mounter and her staff and the school’s active Friends group, who have been fundraising for the equipment for a long time.
Big crowds turned out for the event on Saturday May 11. The day included a bouncy castle, live music and a barbecue, was supported by St Mary’s Church, Linden Homes and WMAT’s catering company Zest. The choir and dance group performed and visitors had a chance to tour the school. Attractions included animal handling from Avon Valley Country Park, a vintage bus from Avon Valley Railway, zorbs from Progressive Sports, seed planting from Fonthill garden centre, a display by Avon & Somerset police and craft activities from pre-schools, nurseries and toddler groups. Historic information came from the history society and the chocolate dinosaurs (ex Fry’s employees).
Mrs Mounter said the Friends had helped secure grants of £10,000 from the Big Lottery Fund and £5,000 from the charity One Family. Linden Homes, which is building houses at Bitton Mill, also donated £500.
“The Meadows is a brilliant school and we have a lovely friendly and supporitve school community,” she said.
Andrea Arlidge, WMAT chief executive, said: “We are so proud of The Meadows Primary School. We have seen huge improvements here. Joy Mounter and her fantastic staff go above and beyond to make sure the children get a wonderful experience.”
Sarah Williams, regional sales manager at Linden Homes, said: “We are delighted to support The Meadows Primary School by contributing £500 towards their new playground – it looks wonderful. As we’re creating family homes in the village we thought it was the perfect way to support the local community – encouraging the children to get outside, have fun and get active!”