School flushed with success after cash boost for new toilets

Pupils and staff at Jacdor celebrate the announcement of new funding
Pupils and staff at Jacdor celebrate the announcement of new funding

There are no shortage of celebrations at Jacdor Community Pre-School in Coningsby. In fact, you could say they are ‘flushed with success.’

The school has just secured £48,000 to replace a worn-out toilet block that has been used for more than 25 years.

The money has come from the Armed Forces Community Covenant Scheme (AFCC).

Confirmation arrived hours before the school held its annual Summer Fayre last Saturday.

Mo Hawkins, secretary of the Jacdor Management Committee, said: “We are absolutely delighted. It is brilliant news.

“We applied for £48,000 and they have granted us the entire amount.

“The plan is to do some preparatory work, like re-siting the heating oil tank and building a new door from one of the classrooms, although these two projects are dependent on a grant application to East Lindsey District Council.

“If the result of that is positive, we’ll have the work done straightaway so we can have the toilet block replaced in the summer holidays.”

The AFCC scheme is run in conjunction with local authorities to improve facilities which help ‘cement’ the bond between service and civilian communities in areas which have major connections with the armed forces - like the RAF base at Coningsby.

Jacdor convinced the AFCC panel that they played an important role in the community, looking after civilian children and youngsters whose parents work at the RAF base.

Mr Hawkins added: “Around one third of the children attending the school come from service backgrounds and most of the staff and voluntary committee have RAF backgrounds.”

Mr Hawkins paid tribute to the support the school had received with fundraising projects after plans for improvements were first announced earlier this year

The school will close for the summer holidays at the end of July when it is planned to dismantle the old toilets.

They will be replaced by a new purpose-built unit with an infant sized toilets, wash basins, a baby changing area and a wheelchair accessible toilet.

The vastly improved facilities should be ready for the start of the next school year in September when school supervisor Beverley May will welcome pupils.