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Teams get all fired up over project at a Lynn school




When there was a shout for a fire pit to be built at St Martha’s School, at Lynn, it made sense to send for the fire service.

Four days later, thanks to some great teamwork and determination, there was not just a fire pit but an outdoor education area with bird boxes, bug hotels, picket fencing, pathways and raised beds.

It was all down to a group of 11 who were taking part in Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service’s Prince’s Trust team development programme at Lynn.

The official launch and handover of the new fire pit
The official launch and handover of the new fire pit

Part of their 12-week course involved taking part in a community project and they chose the one put forward by the 9th Lynn Scouts group.

The idea was to create the fire pit on land at St Martha’s School which would then be used by the scouts and by the school.

Those on the programme raised £163 from a sponsored walk, the Scouts donated £500 and there were other donations, including materials, from local businesses.

Green Watch at Lynn Fire Station and the rest of the fire pit project team
Green Watch at Lynn Fire Station and the rest of the fire pit project team

They had been allowed two weeks to complete their project but they finished in record time.

Head of school, Hayley Pink, said: “They did the whole project in just four days, working through rain and a hail storm without stopping.”

She said that when the project was first considered, the children were asked to come up with thoughts and ideas of what they would like to see.

“The school has always considered that outdoor time and education is important so the fire pit and everything else on the site will play a big part in our ac tivities,” she said.

The completed fire pit at St Martha's School
The completed fire pit at St Martha's School

The finished project was marked by the handover and unveiling of a plaque which was attended by representatives from Norfolk Fire and Recue Service, the Scout groups, the team who carried out the work and children from the school.

The development programmes are designed for 16 to 25-year-olds, who are not in education or work, with the aim of building up their personal development, their confidence and their skills to take them forward in life.

A plaque was unveiled at St Martha's School
A plaque was unveiled at St Martha's School


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