South Witham school given facelift by RAF volunteers

Back, from left, Station Warrant Officer Barry Tanswell, chairman of governors Peter Rush, Flight Sergeant Naya Heseltine, SAC Chris Forsdyke, Sgt Ian Wilson, SAC Daniel Cole with, front, headteacher Ruth Taylor.
Back, from left, Station Warrant Officer Barry Tanswell, chairman of governors Peter Rush, Flight Sergeant Naya Heseltine, SAC Chris Forsdyke, Sgt Ian Wilson, SAC Daniel Cole with, front, headteacher Ruth Taylor.
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Military personnel picked up their paint pots and brushes and donned their overalls to help give a school a welcome makeover.

Classrooms and cloakrooms at South Witham Community Primary School have been given a facelift by a team from RAF Wittering.

Enterprising headteacher Ruth Taylor saw that the school’s rooms were in need of refreshing and contacted several military establishments to see if help was at hand.

RAF Wittering rose to the challenge and Station Warrant Officer Barry Tanswell led a hardworking party of RAF volunteers.

Mr Tanswell said; “The station responded brilliantly.

“I’m very proud that they stepped forward so quickly.”

The volunteers, working in their own time, were drawn from the Military Hospital Unit at Peterborough, the Low-Flying Ops Squadron, No 2 Mechanical Transport Squadron and the Station Transport and Quality Control sections.

The team arrived at the school with their overalls, brushes and rollers, to repaint four classrooms and three cloakrooms.

The team also rolled up their sleeves to erect a new shed for the school.

Mrs Taylor was thrilled with their work.

She said: “This means a flying start to the academic year for our pupils.

“A huge thank you to everyone at RAF Wittering who gave their time and energy to help make our school a better place.”

RAF Wittering station Commander, Group Capt Damian Alexander said; “We have a superb relationship with, and get good support from, our local community.

“This is a great example of the selfless community contribution made by RAF Wittering’s brilliant personnel.”