Norwich City goalkeeper John Ruddy opens Wreningham VC Primary School’s refurbished library

Wreningham Primary School celebrate the opening if their new library.
NCFC goal keep, John Ruddy off

Wreningham Primary School celebrate the opening if their new library. NCFC goal keep, John Ruddy officially cuts the ribbon then signs autographs. - Credit: Eastern Daily Press © 2017

He is usually found jumping in to the air blocking goals from hitting the back net for Norwich City.

Wreningham Primary School celebrate the opening if their new library.
NCFC goal keep, John Ruddy off

Wreningham Primary School celebrate the opening if their new library. NCFC goal keep, John Ruddy officially cuts the ribbon then signs autographs. - Credit: Archant

But the Canaries' goalkeeper, John Ruddy, had others jumping for joy at a village school when he officially re-opened its refurbished library.

Bethany Furness, English subject leader at Wreningham VC Primary School, said the youngsters were delighted with Mr Ruddy's visit.

Mrs Furness said: 'The children were all very excited that he was coming and they were really pleased to meet him.

'It was a great day and we were all really happy with how it went.'

Wreningham Primary School celebrate the opening if their new library.

Wreningham Primary School celebrate the opening if their new library. - Credit: Eastern Daily Press © 2017


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Norwich-based author Benjamin Scott was also there for the opening, and he led an assembly with the children as well as creative writing workshops with each class.

Mrs Furness said the £5,038 refurbishment was paid for by the Big Lottery Fund, and was aimed at making the library a more exciting place to visit, especially for boys, who often lag behind in reading.

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She said £3,000 was spent on new books, and the rest went on furniture to make it a cosier place to sit and read.

Mrs Furness said: 'We've made some 'curiosity kits' with books and other items of a specific theme which the children can take home.'

Wreningham Primary School celebrate the opening if their new library.

Wreningham Primary School celebrate the opening if their new library. - Credit: Eastern Daily Press © 2017

There are kits covering topics such as dinosaurs, Minecraft, cars, insects and football.

Mrs Furness said the library was already proving a great success.

She said: 'The children absolutely love it - they're dying to get in there all the time now.

'They're very inspired at the moment.'

Wreningham Primary School celebrate the opening if their new library.

Wreningham Primary School celebrate the opening if their new library. - Credit: Eastern Daily Press © 2017

Mrs Furness said the library was now open from 8.15am until 4pm, so parents could use it with their children before and after school.

There is also a programme for parents of preschool children to use the library with their children on Wednesday mornings.

Mrs Furness said: 'It's a really good opportunity for them to be able to come in and meet some of the other parents before their children start school.'

She said the school's friends' group was now raising money to buy tablet computers for the school.

Wreningham Primary School celebrate the opening if their new library.
NCFC goal keep, John Ruddy off

Wreningham Primary School celebrate the opening if their new library. NCFC goal keep, John Ruddy officially cuts the ribbon then signs autographs. - Credit: Archant

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