Budleigh car park cinema could fund library

PUBLISHED: 10:00 08 May 2017

St Peter's Primary School head teacher Steve Hitchcock

St Peter's Primary School head teacher Steve Hitchcock


A Budleigh Salterton car park looks set to be transformed into an open-air cinema this summer to raise funds for a new school library.

St Peter’s Primary School faces a race against time to raise £40,000 for a new on-site library ahead of the new school term in September.

As way of raising the cash, an open-air cinema event has been proposed for Lime Kiln car park, at the east end of the sea front.

Headteacher Steve Hitchcock said: “Due to the pressures on space, we have been without a library for some time – and now we have the opportunity to provide a great space for not just the school, but for the whole community’s use, for clubs, 
meetings room or just to use as a library.

“However, the timescales and financial implications are fairly high, and education budgets are continually being squeezed – so we are going to need help from external organisations and the community if we are to get the building fit for purpose before September 2017, the beginning of the next school year.”

St Peter’s is looking to turn the building vacated by Carousel Childcare at the Moor Lane site into a multi-purpose facility for pupils.

The funds will allow the school to refurnish the building, as well as improve electrics, heating and layout.

It is hoped that work can begin on the new library in August, ahead of the new school term.

Pupils will be taking part in library-related activities in school between now and the end of term in July.

Children will also be asked to write to businesses and residents in Budleigh asking them to pledge funds to a crowd-funding website set up.

St Peter’s Primary School has also organised a treasure hunt as part of the annual gala week which takes place at the end of this month.

Anyone who wants to donate should go to https://mydonate.bt.com/charities/stpeterspta

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