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CARPENTRY and Joinery students at Havering College have set the benchmark for community support by presenting new playground furniture to Scargill Junior School in Rainham.

Ten students on the Level 3 Carpentry & Joinery course at the college's Rainham Campus Construction Centre have used recycled wood to craft two benches with pitched roofs.

The project has provided students with work experience while benefitting the junior school and its 286 pupils.

The presentation of the benches was officially marked when the Mayor of Havering, Cllr Linda Trew, visited the junior school in Mungo Park Road to cut the ribbon on an extension which has created two new classrooms.

Cllr. Trew and Havering College Carpentry & Joinery lecture Malcolm Brown – who serves as a Scargill Junior School governor – then joined pupils who serve on the school council in making immediate use of the bench.

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Headteacher Amanda Ireland said: "The benches are a great success and the children really love them. While the benches are not enclosed, they do provide shade and in colder weather they are really cosy."

Malcolm Brown said: "It has been an excellent piece of work for the students which they have completed for the work experience part of the curriculum. They have utilised their skills at mortise and tenon joints and also been supported by Painting and Decorating students who have made the benches visually distinctive."

Brewers decorators merchants contributed to the project by donating the paint.

Havering College of Further and Higher Education won the 'Contribution to the Local Community Award' category in the 2015 TES FE Awards and was named 'Best Business in the Community' at the 2014 Havering Business Awards.

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