Thursday, 23 November 2017

Recycled records help raise money for playground

CLOCKS made from vinyl records were among the bargains on offer at a nearly new sale held at Kidmore End

CLOCKS made from vinyl records were among the bargains on offer at a nearly new sale held at Kidmore End Primary School.

Debbie Ashford, whose nine-year-old son Alex is a pupil at the school, recycled the old singles and albums belonging to her father John Latham, who died last year.

He owned an antique shop in Hexham, Northumberland, 15 years ago and Mrs Ashford said: “He had millions of records so it was a case of working out what to do with them.”

She turned the vinyl into clocks, book ends and fruit baskets. Mrs Ashford said: “People say you shouldn’t be doing that to records but what happens to them? They stay in the loft — at least they were out on display here.”

Other items for sale included shoes, baby equipment, children’s clothes, toys, pictures and vintage dresses.

The sale raised more than £400 for the Kidmore End School Association. Judy Handley, who chairs the association, said: “The sale was an opportunity for people to buy some really expensive items in good condition for second-hand prices.

“The whole idea is we’re re-using and recycling. There’s such a culture of throwing things away. It’s great to re-use things, especially children’s clothes and baby equipment because they grow out of them so quickly.”

Mrs Handley said the proceeds would be used to mark the school’s new playground.

Pupils on the school council will be pitching design ideas.

Mrs Handley said: “We can have traditional markings like for hopscotch but we’re hoping for some interesting ideas.”

Headteacher Linda Hull said: “There’s a bit of maths education in there and the children will be thinking about what the playground will look like. We’re really fortunate because we’ve got the all-weather pitch so it won’t be just sports markings. We’re looking at global education at the moment so we could put maps on there.”

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