Votes are in – and beach bid is your winner

Head Chris Pollitt with staff and pupils, celebrating the money from Tesco NNL-160318-115916001
Head Chris Pollitt with staff and pupils, celebrating the money from Tesco NNL-160318-115916001

The people have spoken – and the winner of the first Tesco Bags for Help vote in Rugby is the bold project to bring a beach to Brooke School.

Three causes were in contention for this first set of awards under a scheme set up by Tesco to direct the proceeds from the 5p carrier bag charge to groups wanting to improve their environment.

The three causes were competing for £8,000, £10,000 and £12,000 – meaning each of them knew they would get some money but shoppers decided who got what.

The three in the running were the school’s beach project, the Walcote Walks Kissing Gates and Keep New Bilton Tidy.

Each time people spent money at one of the town’s Tesco stores they got a token and could back one of the three.

Voting finished on March 6 and when the totting up was complete, the top award of £12,000 went to Brooke, with £10,000 to Keep New Bilton Tidy and £8,000 to Walcote Walks.

Chris Pollitt, head teacher of the Overslade Lane school, said: “At Brooke School we are thrilled that, because of this grant from Tesco we are now able to develop this very exciting provision.

“The beach, or sand school will bring science, physical education and outdoor learning together in a powerful learning experience for our children.

“They will be able to pond dip, den build, cook on camp fires and in beach ovens, build sand structures and hunt for mini-beasts in a variety of beach and water plant life.

“We are incredibly grateful for all those who have supported this develop and look forward to welcoming visitors when the beach opens in September.”

The New Bilton project was aimed at, ‘Improving an urban green space to make it a more attractive and inviting place for local people to enjoy nature, while the Walcote project scheme aims to improve footpaths and gates in that area to improve access for all.

The next round of voting opens on April 18, go to: