Students at St Paul’s CE Primary School in Ryhope are being encouraged to immerse themselves in a good book, aided by the support of homebuilder Bellway.

The company, which is building 60 new homes at its Barton Meadows development in Ryhope, has donated £300 to the school in nearby Waterworks Road.

The money was spent on new books and equipment for the school library.

Nicky Anderson, Deputy Headteacher from the school, said: “We are so grateful to Bellway for their generous gift which we have used to further develop our new school library. All children from nursery to year 6 will have the opportunity to enjoy our new library and it will have such a positive impact on our children.”

Deputy Head Nicky Anderson and some of the school’s pupils welcomed Bellway Sales Advisor Angela Bainbridge to the library to show her around and say thank you for the donation.

Hayley Teasdale, Sales Manager at Bellway Durham, said: “Getting involved with the local community is so important to Bellway and we were keen to give a little help to St Paul’s CE Primary School, which is just half a mile away from our development in the village.

“We also recognise the importance of inspiring a love of reading in youngsters, so we were very happy to donate £300 for the school’s library. And it was great that they invited Angela into school to take a look around.”

Bellway has also supported Ryhope Bowls Club in the village with a £300 donation earlier this year. The club used the money to pay for posters and flyers to be printed as part of an initiative to recruit new members.

Barton Meadows, which is about a minute’s drive from Ryhope Beach, was named after a Second World War pilot, who died after crash landing in the village, steering his stricken Halifax bomber away from houses and pit-head workings. His name was Cyril Barton and he was posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross for his bravery.

To find out more about the development call the sales team on 0191 622 1727 or visit

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