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Archbishop Sentamu at Beverley school

The archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu, visited St Mary’s Church of England Primary School in Beverley, to officially open a new classroom, funded by a £10,000 grant from Tesco’s Bags of Help Scheme. The outdoor classroom sits alongside a woodland area and wildlife pond and members of the school’s Eco-Beavers Club had written asking the Archbishop if he would bless the area.

As part of the service, pupils wrote prayers on ribbons which were then tied to trees as well as lighting candles as symbols of peace which were then floated on the pond. The Tesco scheme funds community projects using money from the 5p carrier bag charge. So far more than £27 million has been given out nationwide.

Meanwhile, local artist Emma Garness is working with pupils at Beverley Minster Primary School to create a piece of artwork to be displayed in the playground. The inspiration for the exhibit comes from the school’s values of ‘Curiosity, Creativity, Respect, Perseverance, Community and Honesty.’