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Community heroes in Norfolk village help clear metre-deep snow drift to get children to school safely

PUBLISHED: 11:37 05 March 2018 | UPDATED: 11:59 05 March 2018

Community heroes in Cawston village help clear metre-deep snow drift to get children to school safely. Picture: ANNEKA BETTS

Community heroes in Cawston village help clear metre-deep snow drift to get children to school safely. Picture: ANNEKA BETTS

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A handful of community heroes from a mid-Norfolk village joined together at the weekend to help clear a vital crossing after it became buried under a deep snow drift.

Community heroes in Cawston village help clear metre-deep snow drift to get children to school safely. Picture: ANNEKA BETTSCommunity heroes in Cawston village help clear metre-deep snow drift to get children to school safely. Picture: ANNEKA BETTS

Residents and parents from Cawston, between Aylsham and Reepham, turned out with spades and a digger to move huge amounts of snow by the village’s school crossing, as well as nearby paths.

Organised by husband and wife, Peter and Anneka Betts, of Stocks Loke, the ‘big dig’ saw more than 20 people turn out early on Sunday morning to lend a hand to clear the metre-deep drift.

Mrs Betts, 30, also enlisted the help of two special volunteers - her children Connor, six, and Evie, two.

She said: “It would have taken days to clear. It was really good and nice to see lots of community spirit.

Community heroes in Cawston village help clear metre-deep snow drift to get children to school safely. Picture: ANNEKA BETTSCommunity heroes in Cawston village help clear metre-deep snow drift to get children to school safely. Picture: ANNEKA BETTS

“A lot of people went over and did the school too.”

Parishioners from St Agnes’ Church, off Church Lane, also came together at Cawston Church of England Primary Academy to help ensure it could open its doors again on Monday, after being forced to close for three days last week due to the hazardous weather.

Around 30 churchgoers, including children from the school, joined together with their shovels and brushes to move snow from the car park, paths and playground.

Team Vicar, Revd Andrew Whitehead, said: “Christians are called to live out their faith through actions, and this was a great way for our church family to come together and do something useful.

Community heroes in Cawston village help clear metre-deep snow drift to get children to school safely. Picture: ANNEKA BETTSCommunity heroes in Cawston village help clear metre-deep snow drift to get children to school safely. Picture: ANNEKA BETTS

“The school [was] closed for three days, and we knew how important it would be for them to get back in action on Monday.”

Sunday morning’s activity concluded with tea and coffee in the playground followed by a short act of worship amidst the piles of snow.

Last week, one resident used the snow to create a giant penguin.

Community heroes in Cawston village help clear metre-deep snow drift to get children to school safely. Picture: ANNEKA BETTSCommunity heroes in Cawston village help clear metre-deep snow drift to get children to school safely. Picture: ANNEKA BETTS

Although much of the snow remained near the crossing this morning, parents and children were able to cross the road safety because of the path created by the volunteers and the school crossing patroller.

- Services at St Agnes happens each week in Cawston at 10:30am. Services during the winter are in Cawston Primary Academy.

Community heroes in Cawston village help clear metre-deep snow drift to get children to school safely. Picture: JESSICA SMITHCommunity heroes in Cawston village help clear metre-deep snow drift to get children to school safely. Picture: JESSICA SMITH

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Community heroes in Cawston village help clear metre-deep snow drift to get children to school safely. Picture: JESSICA SMITHCommunity heroes in Cawston village help clear metre-deep snow drift to get children to school safely. Picture: JESSICA SMITH

Parishioners from St Agnes� Church, Cawston, came together at Cawston Church of England Primary Academy to help ensure it could open its doors again on Monday. Picture: ANDREW WHITEHEADParishioners from St Agnes� Church, Cawston, came together at Cawston Church of England Primary Academy to help ensure it could open its doors again on Monday. Picture: ANDREW WHITEHEAD

Parishioners from St Agnes� Church, Cawston, came together at Cawston Church of England Primary Academy to help ensure it could open its doors again on Monday. Picture: ANDREW WHITEHEADParishioners from St Agnes� Church, Cawston, came together at Cawston Church of England Primary Academy to help ensure it could open its doors again on Monday. Picture: ANDREW WHITEHEAD

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