£30,000 cash bonanza brings joy to two South Holland schools and Holbeach church

Holbeach in Bloom chairman Graham Rudkin (back, left) applied to the Bags of Help scheme to beautify All Saints Churchyard. SG160915-133TW
Holbeach in Bloom chairman Graham Rudkin (back, left) applied to the Bags of Help scheme to beautify All Saints Churchyard. SG160915-133TW
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Two schools and a church are celebrating their share in a £30,000 cash bonanza from Tesco.

Fleet Wood Lane Primary School, All Saints’ Church at Holbeach and Spalding’s Monkshouse Primary School are all planning big outdoor projects after the supermarket teamed up with Groundwork.

The cash was raised from the 5p bag levy.

Fleet Wood Lane will get £12,000, the Holbeach churchyard project is to receive £10,000 and the Spalding school has been awarded £8,000.

The final one, two, three was decided by shoppers votes in the Tesco store at Holbeach.

Fleet headteacher Christine Wright said: “We were absolutely thrilled to be given this amount and we want to thank all of the people who voted for us by putting their tokens in the Fleet Wood Lane box.

“We desperately need to improve the playground facilities for our children and to improve our outdoor area so we are putting in a trim trail. We also want to improve our playground markings and, if there’s enough left, improve our environmental area.”

Holbeach in Bloom chairman Graham Rudkin said the £10,000 award will be used to “beautify” the churchyard, with the main project being replacement of the 93 metres of railings.

“We are hoping just to upgrade it and make it more attractive for visitors,” he said.

Vicar of Holbeach, the Rev Rosamund Seal, said: “I just want to say that it is great news and to thank Graham Rudkin of Holbeach in Bloom for taking the initiative, and the people of Holbeach who voted for us, and that we are about to have a meeting to look at our priorities for spending the money.

“We hope that during the course of this year Holbeach churchyard will become an even more attractive part of the town than it already is and continue to be not just a busy thoroughfare but also a place of rest and relaxation for the whole community.”

An outdoor gym is the only item on the shopping list for Monkshouse Primary School, which is currently being remodelled with a new hall and two additional classrooms under construction.

Headteacher Sue Goodsell saw an outdoor gym at another school, spoke about it to her own pupils and they agreed it would be great to have one.

She said: “The are very excited about it. It will enhance the opportunities that our children have to participate in physical exercise.

Tesco head of community Caroline Silke said: “Bags of Help has been a fantastic success.”

• Nominations for the next round open in April.