School to get a prayer garden courtesy of Tamworth Co-op

Money from the Tamworth Co-operative Society will help a Tamworth school create a special prayer garden for pupils. The Friends of St Gabriel’s Primary School in Belgrave say they will use the Society’s gift to make a place where youngsters can relax and reflect.

St Gabriel’s Primary School receive a cheque for £350 to help create a special prayer garden. Pictured are William Bright deputy head teacher, Robert and Louise Gilbert from the Friends of St Gabriel’s, Nicky Gilbert manager of the Glascote Co-op convenience store and several delighted pupils.

A bench dedicated to former teacher and chair of governors, Ann Long, will be placed in the new area.

William Bright, deputy head teacher at the school, said support from the Co-op was both valuable and much appreciated.

“It’s really important that schools are rooted in their local area and that we are not just a little island.” he said.

“This link with the Tamworth Co-op reinforces that notion and gives the children a sense of belonging to a wider community. We’re very grateful to have the Tamworth Co-op’s support.”

Robert and Louise Vernon from the Friends of St Gabriel’s, attended the presentation of the £350 cheque.

“Gospel values are important here and we hope to create a place where children can pray and reflect,” said Robert.

“The plan is for a small lawn, with shrubs, plants and a path going through it,”

The money was part of the Tamworth Co-op’s Community Dividend Fund which raises a five-figure sum every year to support scores of worthwhile organisations.

The money for St Gabriel’s School was raised by shoppers at the nearby Glascote convenience store donating the dividends they had earned on their purchases.

Store manager, Nicky Gilbert, had the honour of presenting the cheque in front of a group of cheering pupils.

“I’m glad this money will help the school to create such a lovely area for the children,” she said.