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Watch: Cherry Grove PTA through to the finals of the Aviva Community Awards

Parent teacher association in with a chance of winning £10,000

A Chester primary school is through to the finals of an awards scheme which could mean a £10,000 boost for pupils. The PTA at Cherry Grove Primary School in Boughton will now have to wait until June 29 to see if they have won the Aviva Community Awards.

They finished in the top four for the highest number of votes in the community section of projects submitted by financial advisers and now have to answer a number of questions set by the judging panel.

Cherry Grove’s entry Mosaic Mural Magic at Cherry Grove was submitted by Helm Godfrey financial advisors, where parent Colum Wilde works.

If they win, the plan is to work with artist Bee Bookmaster at Bee Creative Designs to improve the school environment and to inspire children, young people and adults to be proud of their local area. They would like to discover new talents, learn new art skills and work collaboratively to provide something beautiful for the community.

Publicity officer for the PTA Heather Swainston said: “We want to make 12 art murals and mosaics which will be placed on the school railings in the playground which runs alongside a public alleyway. Six of the artworks will face into the school playground and the other six will face out into the pedestrian alleyway which is in desperate need of some TLC. This alleyway is regularly used by the local community and runs alongside the school to one side and terraced houses to the other.

The PTA recently worked with Bee to transform an outdoor building/shelter into a community hub.

Heather added: “It has been a fantastic opportunity for children and parents to be involved in transforming what was a very dull space into a vibrant area that can be used for outdoor learning, community events and information sharing.

“We held two community days to collectively transform this outdoor building. We now want to further improve the area by developing large murals and mosaics and the involvement of children and adults working together should prove inspiring.”

Visit www.chesterchronicle.co.uk to see the school’s submission.


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