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Worksop: St John’s pupils get stuck in to building wartime Anderson Shelter ahead of special summer Military Day

Children at St John's Primary School are studying the World Wars and are in the process of building an Anderson Shelter which will be officially opened at their Military Day in June. Pictured with the children are Mr Sandford, Mrs Foy and John Poppleton

Children at St John's Primary School are studying the World Wars and are in the process of building an Anderson Shelter which will be officially opened at their Military Day in June. Pictured with the children are Mr Sandford, Mrs Foy and John Poppleton

A Worksop primary school has been taking a hands-on approach to learning about Britain’s war years by building an Anderson Shelter in their school grounds.

Pupils from St John’s Primary School on Raymouth Lane got involved with the project of as part of their topic for the term which is learning about both World Wars, what caused them and the effects of them.

“We decided to build an Anderson Shelter and the children have been really enthusiastic and got stuck into the digging and construction of it,” said St John’s teacher Linda Foy.

“We would like to thank Wickes for supplying all the materials for the shelter and Darren Middleton for supplying the slabs.”

The shelter will be officially opened by Brian Madden, chairman of the Worksop Branch of the Royal British Legion, at the school’s Military Day on Saturday, 28th June.

“As part of the centenary celebrations to commemorate the start of World War I, we are holding a Military Day to pay our respects to the servicemen and women who lost their lives in wars and pray for those serving in current conflicts,” continued Mrs Foy.

“As well as opening the Anderson Shelter, we will have craft stalls, Thurcroft Brass Band, memorabilia stands, wartime fancy dress, a wartime Strictly Come Dancing competition, which the children are all looking forward to, and a penalty shoot-out in tribute to the football match that took place during one Christmas on the battlefield.”

“We will also have the Cadets, Scouts and Guides there on the day.”

Anyone who makes and sells traditional crafts who would like a stall at the event in return for a small donation towards a raffle prize should contact Mrs Foy at the school on 01909 481540.

The children also want to remember all the horses that died in World War I with a horse topiary that they can maintain and look after at the school.

Again, anyone who can help should contact Mrs Foy.

All proceeds from the day will also go to the Worksop branch of the Royal British Legion, which the Guardian is leading a campaign on to help prevent the Worksop branch from closure.

 

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