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South View Community Primary School ready for '10 Miles in 10 Days' after Easter to raise money for repairs at Crowland Abbey




Crowland's primary school is limbering up for a ten-day fundraiser after Easter in aid of the town's famous landmark.

Youngsters and staff at South View Primary School are to walk ten miles in ten days to help pay for repairs to Crowland Abbey after a vandalism spree last year .

Church leaders were left with a repair bill of nearly £132,000 after seven of the windows at the grade I-listed building were smashed during an outbreak of disorder in May 2018.

South View Community Primary School pupils after their contribution to the Great British Spring Clean around Crowland. Photo supplied.
South View Community Primary School pupils after their contribution to the Great British Spring Clean around Crowland. Photo supplied.

A headstone in the Abbey's churchyard was also damaged beyond repair, events at the time which Crowland county councillor Nigel Pepper described as "a violent disrespect for this magnificent building".

Sally Speechley, a Year 6 teacher at South View, said: "Our School Council wants to raise money for Crowland Abbey because money has been spent on fixing its stained glass windows.

"The pupils had already raised over £700 for Children in Need and Comic Relief by having a non-uniform day at the school.

South View Community Primary School Year 6 teacher Sally Speechley (right), with chairman of governors Paul Weston and head teacher Joanne Tomlins. Photo supplied.
South View Community Primary School Year 6 teacher Sally Speechley (right), with chairman of governors Paul Weston and head teacher Joanne Tomlins. Photo supplied.

"But this time they have come up with '10 Miles in 10 Days', a sponsored walk to be done by every South View child, from Foundation to Year 6, so they can raise money for Crowland Abbey.

"The pupils will walk a mile around the school grounds for ten days' running after Easter and we'll be inviting the community to take part.

"This is something the children themselves decided they would like to do in the light of the vandalism that has been occurring at the Abbey over recent years.

"We believe that the more effort pupils put into the town, the more they will come to respect places like Crowland Abbey when they get older."

Crowland Abbey suffered nearly £132,000 worth of damage when seven of the windows at the grade I-listed building were smashed during disorder in May 2018.
Crowland Abbey suffered nearly £132,000 worth of damage when seven of the windows at the grade I-listed building were smashed during disorder in May 2018.

Youngsters had shown their pride in Crowland before Easter by taking part in the Great British Spring Clean, with help from South Holland District Council.

South View was provided with £250 worth of litter picking equipment to tidy up areas of the town, including Trinity Court, West Bank, Albion Street and Thorney Road.

Mrs Speechley said: "We signed up for the Great British Spring Clean, organised by Keep Britain Tidy, with help from the Pride in South Holland team.

"The school was given £250 to take part and pupils who are on the School Council went out for two hours picking up litter through the town.

"People who saw them said it was nice to see the children out clearing up the rubbish and one of our school governors came across to congratulate the School Council on helping out in the community.

"One of the pupils said it was great to go out and do this because it was a positive thing to do.

"But it was also sad that so much of the litter were cigarette ends and beer bottles."

The Rev Charles Brown, priest-in-charge at Crowland Abbey, said: "I'm delighted about the sponsored walk planned by South View and I'm very impressed with the children who thought this up themselves.

"We're just extremely grateful and wish them every success."



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