Pupils leave bird legacy – then spread their wings

Melbourne School pupils Hannah Williams, Georgie Taylor, Aimee Cameron, Henry Atkinson and Leon Mainprize presented with two pairs of binoculars, donated by Pocklington District Lions Club

Melbourne School pupils Hannah Williams, Georgie Taylor, Aimee Cameron, Henry Atkinson and Leon Mainprize presented with two pairs of binoculars, donated by Pocklington District Lions Club

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Children at Pocklington’s Melbourne School left a lasting legacy to their fellow pupils before spreading their wings into secondary education.

Under the Lifestyle 2015 initiative, pupils decided to build a bird and wildlife hide for the whole school to enjoy.

As the children were leaving Melbourne School this summer and moving on to secondary education they wanted to leave a legacy which would be a fun and useful resource.

They decided to build a bird hide for the younger children to use. They have designed and sourced all the materials locally and, with a little help from their families, built the bird hide out of recycled wood including second-hand pallets.

Through the donations from Pocklington and Derwent Lions, Ladies Circle and Woodland Nursery, Everingham, they built the hide and enhanced the environment to attract birds, bees and butterflies.

Teacher Abi Williams said: “We are all very proud of their achievement.

Pocklington District Lions Club president Richard Knill added: “We were really impressed with the children from the very first letter we received asking for help.

“We wish the pupils many happy hours of bird and wildlife watching and hope the binoculars magnify the interest and education of all who use the hide.”

This Saturday (Sep 19) the Lions are hosting an evening of dancing and entertainment at The Wellington Oak, Pocklington. The event is from 7pm and will feature 1960s Guitar-Vocalist Paul Day.

This is a ticketed event of £6.50 with funds going to the Lions.

To buy tickets, call Lion Eunice Bentley on 01759 307084, or 07791 869058.

Pocklington District Lions continues to grow. Last month saw the induction of three new members – Graham Gillyon, returning after a short break, Tony Marrons and Angus O’Donnell – by president Richard Knill.

Richard has set the club a challenge of increasing membership to 35-40 within 18 months. To find out more, or if you would like to go to a Lions meeting, call Richard on 07970 697317 or email richardknill@hotmail.com