Leadbitter treats Midhurst and Stedham Primary pupils

Prize winners by the hoarding site where their pictures were hanging with project manager Iain Macdonald, who handed out the prizes. Pictured are: Lily Fay, nine, Anya Kennard, ten, Jasmine Golby, seven, Emily Elliott, eight, Farah Yusuf-Meighan, nine, Ella Peacey, nine, Izzy Birkett, five, and Harry Daniels, six.Picture by Kate Shemilt.C130987-2
Prize winners by the hoarding site where their pictures were hanging with project manager Iain Macdonald, who handed out the prizes. Pictured are: Lily Fay, nine, Anya Kennard, ten, Jasmine Golby, seven, Emily Elliott, eight, Farah Yusuf-Meighan, nine, Ella Peacey, nine, Izzy Birkett, five, and Harry Daniels, six.Picture by Kate Shemilt.C130987-2
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LUCKY students from Midhurst and Stedham Primary Schools enjoyed a leisurely picnic by the pond, and showcased their creative talents at the same time.

On their sunny day out, their artistic efforts were rewarded while they had an educational trip around the pond, followed by a tasty lunch to finish the afternoon’s activities.

Construction firm Leadbitter ran a competition with Stedham and Midhurst Primary Schools, setting them the task of designing a poster for the hoarding of the new Midhurst leisure centre, which will replace the existing Grange Centre.

Dave Cook, regional director at Leadbitter, said: “Making a decision on the winning entries was extremely difficult due to the high standard achieved. We decided to award four prizes to each school.”

Representatives from the Pond Group, the Environment Agency and other bodies showed pupils the different aspects of wildlife in the area.

According to Chichester District Council, the new Midhurst community and leisure centre is due to open in early 2014.

The new building may be retaining the namesake of the old centre, the Grange.

The current Grange is 
expected to be demolished later this year and is scheduled for closure, after a special commemoration week, on November 24.

According to Midhurst’s Chichester district councillor Gordon McAra, housing developers and supermarkets are interested in the site.