Bishop of Manchester visits Horwich School

Posted in: Community Last updated: 12 May 2014

The Bishop of Manchester, David Walker, visited Horwich Parish Primary School to help pupils add the finishing touches to a commemorative poppy garden.

Pupils have created the garden as part of a school project to remember those who have fallen during conflict, and mark the 100 years since the start of World War I, during which 121 people from the local parish lost their lives.

The Bishop praised students for their hard work when he visited the garden at the school’s new allotment, before planting the centrepiece of the display to complete the project.

The allotment was made possible thanks to funding from Yorkshire-based Engage Mutual following a successful application from customer, Anne Nightingale, who is head of the PTA at the school.

It allowed pupils and volunteers to transform disused space behind the school into a thriving allotment, garden and outdoor learning zone which has proved to be a hit with pupils and students alike.

Anne said, “The allotment and learning zone is a fantastic resource, and it was a real honour to welcome The Bishop of Manchester.

“A lot of hard work has gone into creating it and it was fantastic for the pupils to be able to show off their accomplishments.”

Engage Mutual offers support to its customers through the Engage Foundation.

On an annual basis, it provides a helping had to customers in the shape of 150 personal grants of up to £500. It also offers £25,000 each for two community projects and £5,000 each for 15 smaller projects each year, directly benefiting the communities in which customers live.