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PHOTO GALLERY: Friends of Spalding St Paul's in big quiz for security fence




Friends of St Paul's School are now more than half way to their £3,000 target to buy security fencing to safeguard the grounds in Queens Road, Spalding.

Some 66 people attended a quiz on Friday night at Spalding Services Club in High Street, raising just over £300.

Friends treasurer Amanda Orpen said: "A few people spoke to us at the end and said how much they enjoyed the evening.

Supporting the fundraising quiz organised by the Friends of Spalding St Paul's School
Supporting the fundraising quiz organised by the Friends of Spalding St Paul's School

"Our quiz master, James Farrar, was very good at entertaining the audience and certainly held the crowd.

"We had some lovely raffle prizes donated by Morrisons, Penningtons, Stuart The Barber Shop and the new St Paul's Ward councillor Rob Gibson.

"Spalding Services Club were fantastic in their support of allowing us to use the hall."

The Friends and the Lincolnshire Free Press are helping to boost security at the school after a spate of vandalism in January saw items trashed in the outdoor learning area.

While the Friends aim to make it harder for intruders to get into the school grounds, the Free Press - thanks to our wonderful readers - will be footing the bill for a £5,000 CCTV system.

Amanda told us: "Once we have the fence money raised and the fence installed, the children will be able to enjoy their outdoor learning more and be safe in the knowledge that their work won't be vandalised again.

"Outdoor learning is so important as it enhances mental health, as well as increasing physical health.

"With the increase of mental health issues amongst primary school children, we feel that outdoor learning is beneficial in so many ways.

"Installing a new fence will not only improve the safety of the children and protect the school property, it will also be the start of a bigger project that will not only help the current school children, but future ones too."

The really big fundraiser in the pipeline will be the school summer fete on July 6.

But the Friends are continuing to work with the school on a host of little events, including a 5p challenge where classes are in a race to fill two-litre bottles with 5ps.

Previous stories include:

Pulling out the stops to boost security at St Paul's School in Spalding

Outdoor classroom vandalised at Spalding St Paul's Primary School

Spalding head teacher says vandals are harming pupils' learning



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