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Full steam ahead for playtime at Swaffham’s Sacred Heart School

PUBLISHED: 12:52 13 June 2015 | UPDATED: 13:15 13 June 2015

Pupils at the Sacred Heart School in Swaffham, celebrate their new train and station playarea. Picture: Matthew Usher.

Pupils at the Sacred Heart School in Swaffham, celebrate their new train and station playarea. Picture: Matthew Usher.

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Playtime at a Norfolk school is on the right track after a new train steamed into the playground.

Pupils at the Sacred Heart School in Swaffham, celebrate their new train and station playarea. Picture: Matthew Usher. Pupils at the Sacred Heart School in Swaffham, celebrate their new train and station playarea. Picture: Matthew Usher.

The Seven Cs Community Project, which forms part of the Norwich-based Matthew Project Charity, has designed and built a wooden train for the play area at Sacred Heart School in Swaffham.

The project works with those who are in drug and alcohol recovery as well as the long-term unemployed, helping them to rebuild confidence, integrate back into society, learn 
new skills and become more work ready.

As part of the service, the scheme runs various workshops in a variety of skills including carpentry, cookery, conservation and carving.

It was during the workshops that, together with their tutor Lorie Lain-Rogers, the clients built the train.

The train was blessed at Sacred Heart School on Thursday and was named Paddington by the children.

Ms Lain-Rogers said: “We all enjoyed building the train and it’s great to think it will provide loads of fun and enjoyment for many children over the years to come.”

The school’s headteacher, Sister Francis Ridler, asked the Lower School Council to decide a name for the train.

After an election hosted by the children, the name Paddington was announced as the winner by Year 2 school council representative Victoria Richardson.

Father Gordon blessed the train with holy water and prayers were said.

The Seven Cs of the Christian charity project stand for carpentry, cooking, carving, conservation, computing, counselling and community. To find out more about the scheme, go to www.sevencs.org.uk.

Has your school benefited from a charitable donation? Email kate.scotter@archant.co.uk

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