A MAJOR refurbishment has transformed Easeboune Primary School primary thanks to grants from the community.
The library project received £2,000 from the Currie Trust, £1,000 from Midhurst Lions, £300 from the Rotary club, £200 from a generous parent and £8,000 from the Southover Manor Trust. “With one or two more grant applications in the pipeline and the support of the school’s PTA, the school is indebted to the community and optimistic it can fund the transformation and also provide the library stock the children deserve,” said headteacher Johnny Culley.
The library was officially opened by chairman of West Sussex County Council, Amanda Jupp. Also at the opening were Jenni Bellotti from Midhurst Lions, Jenni Peel, Southover Manor Trust, and Chris Wigley from the Rotary Club of Midhurst and Petworth.
One of the new books in the library is Julia Donaldson’s sequel to Edward Lear’s The Owl and the Pussycat which the author had dedicated to the school, and Amanda Jupp read out the poem after cutting the ribbon.
Following a competition to design new library cards, every child now has one. Four Year 6 pupils have started to work with staff member Sue Cobbold, to run the new library and the book stock is steadily being built up.