Brancaster primary library opened

The Bishop joins pupils enjoying the new library.   From left - Joe Walden, Ella Southerland, Honey Brown and Henry Townshend

The Bishop joins pupils enjoying the new library. From left - Joe Walden, Ella Southerland, Honey Brown and Henry Townshend

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Church leaders have opened and blessed a new £16,000 library at Brancaster Primary School.

The Bishop of Lynn, the Rt Rev Jonathan Meyrick, conducted the ceremony last Friday, accompanied by village curate, the Rev James Munro.

Rt Rev Meyrick said: “I can’t imagine education without books. A school library is its nerve centre.”

After the Bishop cut a ribbon to open the library pupils and parents crowded into the room which was soon full of excited youngsters scanning the shelves for books they wanted to read.

The library was created in a classroom that became too small for its expanding number of pupils.

That gave the school the golden opportunity to create a bigger library.

Headteacher Sarah Bocking said: “Before we had a library in a cupboard with a small number of books.”

The project was started by pupils who designed the layout of the library and the kind of books they wanted in it with history and science proving to be the most popular.

Mrs Bocking said: “Then the school’s Parents and Friends Association put on a range of fundraising events, the Parish News give us significant amount and the rest of the money came out of school funds.” The local community also sponsored some £1,500 worth of books.

Mrs Bocking added: “I haven’t counted them yet but we got over a thousand from the Children’s’ Book Centre alone. I’m delighted to see they couldn’t wait to get their hands on books and sit down to read them with their parents.”