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A new £100k playground for Clerkenwell school

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05 November, 2018 — By Helen Chapman, Samantha Booth

CHILDREN at Moreland Primary School and Children’s Centre are over the moon with their newly equipped play area.

The Clerkenwell school, in Moreland Road, has seen a transformation moving into a new building two years ago.

Now they have a fun new £100,000 playground with a climbing frame, a vegetable garden and stage area.

It was fully paid for through Section 106 money – cash given to the council from developers to help the local area.

Catherine Lawrence, deputy headteacher, says: “It’s really great as many of these children do not have access to outside space to play in.

They mostly come from homes that do not have gardens so school is their main source of outdoor play.”

About a dozen children in Years 1-6 formed a committee to work with designers Eden Play to create their dream playground.

Catherine says: “The children are doing a whole-school project on the outdoors so I hope this is really going to enhance the teaching and their play.”

Knitting poppies for remembrance

CRAFTERS in Archway put their skills into action to knit dozens of poppies to remember those who have served their country.

Sujan Nandanwar helped organise the community poppy knit and crochet session at Cappuchino café, in Cressida Road, on Tuesday.

All of the creations will go on display at one of the Remembrance Sunday Services in the borough on November 11, marking 100 years since the end of the First World War.

Sujan, who runs the craft group called “Cappuchino Crafternoons” at the café, says: “It’s something that helps people identify with, and do something for their borough.

“We have teenagers up to those who are retired who join in.”

Another poppy knitting event will take place at the cafe this coming Tuesday (November 6) between 2.30pm and 4.30pm. All ages and levels of experience are welcome. 50 Cressida Road, N19, 020 7263 2614.

A little tree, and big ideas

WORKSHOPS brought the magic of trees to life for children at St Andrew’s C of E Primary School in Barnsbury.

The event in Thornhill Park demonstrated the link between the environment and people and was based on Little Fir Tree – a musical about the Hans Christian Andersen story, written by Megg Nicol and David Stoll.

Alan Rickett, production director, who lives in Barnsbury, delivered the workshop with Megg.

Alan says: “We read in an article in the Tribune about the high levels of nitrous oxide in schools which are above the legal EU limit. We thought the Little Fir Tree musical could relate to improving air quality all around.

“It’s about that link between the environment and the arts, and getting children excited about the link between trees and human beings. We spoke about the fir tree there which was planted in 1847 to help tackle pollution. That really fired their imagination. Fir trees are Christmas trees so children also have an emotional connection with that.”

  • Little Fir Tree musical has its world premiere at King’s Place, 90 York Way, N1 9AG, on December 18, 4.30pm and 7.30pm. More at

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