Community rallies to help East Huntspill School after vandalism
of local people joined a clean-up operation at East Huntspill
School on Saturday (January 3rd) after mindless vandals left a
trail of damage there on New Year's Day.
40 volunteers helped to tidy up the school grounds, removing broken
toys and debris, to enable pupils to return for the start of the
new term on Monday.
Tesco store was among the helpers. The store's Gail Tasker, right,
said: "As soon as we heard about the damage on Burnham-On-Sea.com,
we had to help. We are pleased to have donated new outdoor toys,
playing balls, plus £200 from our Social Fund to help the
James Peate thanked all those who had rallied round to help. "We
are really touched by the support shown - it's wonderful to see
the community coming together in this way after such a bad start
to the year," he told Burnham-On-Sea.com.
of Governors John Micklewright added: "We are very grateful
to all those who have helped us at this difficult time."
school has received offers of help from many local individuals
and groups, including Burnham Lions Club and Highbridge and Burnham
Carnival, whose members also helped with Saturday's clean-up.
are still appealing for witnesses to the New Year's Eve incident.
They are keen to identify three people in dark clothing who were
seen outside the school at around 7pm on New Year's Eve.
broke play equipment and smashed doors to cause damage around
the exterior of the school. Police have appealed for anyone with
information to contact them on 101.
Griffin, from the school's PTA, said many pre-school outdoor toys
were broken and there was also damage to the memorial garden wildlife
pond. "It's awful for the school's children that the equipment
was damaged in this way - it's senseless."
Lions Club volunteers were among the helpers who took part in
Saturday's clean-up at the school
resident Keith Priddice from Garden Force helped by taking away
a lot of the debris and vandalised toys