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Carpentry students are thanked for building children’s play equipment

Playtime has been given a creative boost for children in Brampton and Alconbury thanks to carpentry students from Cambridge Regional College Huntingdon campus.

The team of students built a puppet theatre, a giant reading chair, a ball run game and a climbing frame as part of community project work within their course.

Using recycled materials, the play items cost nothing, other than the students’ time and enthusiasm.

Carpentry students deliver a giant chair to Alconbury pre School

Brian Mussino, tutor for the Level 2 carpentry students, said: “I am really proud of their achievements. They have built items to customer specification and done a great job.

“They’ve learnt valuable life skills for their future careers as well as given something to the local community.

“Seeing the excited faces of children as the play equipment is delivered is priceless. It’s a real feel good factor for us all.”

The students learnt about recycling and sustainability through using pallets and left over wood within the college workshop.

They designed the items from scratch and built them as a team, while learning valuable lessons about different tools for different jobs.

With the help of college staff the students delivered the play equipment to The Barn Day nursery in Brampton, Alconbury Primary School and Alconbury Pre-School.

Children at Alconbury Primary School with the puppet theatre built by CRC Huntingdon carpentry students

Jane Watts, headteacher of Alconbury Primary School said: “We are so delighted with our new puppet theatre; it will be a wonderful addition to our playground. With so much in the news about children not getting enough time to play and socialise, this will really help our children with their creativity and will also enhance their playtimes.  

Mrs West added: “Cambridge College, Huntingdon campus, have been a delight to work with. They took our initial ideas and turned them into something amazing. The children are absolutely loving using the theatre at both playtime and in lessons to develop speaking and listening. We are extremely grateful.”

Carpentry students at The Barn Nursery in Brampton with a climbing frame they build for them out of recycled materials

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