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The Fabulous Four dig deep for their community

ByJill Lundberg

Oct 16, 2018

Four young students, from Richmond School and Sixth Form College, have created an oasis of calm in the ‘Pinfold’, a historical garden in Crakehall, and received a special award in recognition of their community spirit.

Lucy Denton, Hannah Horton and Joshua Kind, aged 13, and Philippa Kind, aged 12, fondly regarded locally as the ‘Fabulous Four’ of Crakehall,  seized the opportunity to take part in the North Yorkshire Police Lifestyle Challenge, an initiative that aims to give young people aged ten to 17 a positive project to improve the quality of life in their community. The children recently attended the special Lifestyle Awards ceremony and were one of five teams from 19 who were selected for a special award and recognised for their efforts, receiving a framed certificate, some trampolining tickets and a group voucher for York Maize.

The Fabulous Four came up with the idea of clearing out the Pinfold garden, which was neglected and overgrown with weeds, and planting flowers for both residents and visitors to enjoy. They took charge of the project from start to finish, contacting local garden centres for donations of flowers and shrubs.

They worked furiously throughout the month of August, not only starting the hard labour of weeding but also arranging and cooking for a bake sale which, with donations, raised £230 to purchase flowers, a bird bath and some ornaments which have been permanently installed.

The Fabulous Four commented: “The garden feels like a different place compared with the former overgrown state it was in. It has made our community look tidy and reminds us of how lucky we are to have places like the Pinfold.”

Chris McGee, Clerk to Crakehall with Langhorne Parish Council was really impressed with the generous and community-minded Fabulous Four and said: “The Pinfold is unrecognisable from the jungle that was there, they have done a superb job. The Council recognises the efforts the Fabulous Four made on a voluntary basis to improve the quality of life for its residents and thanks them most sincerely for all their hard work.”

Comments Jenna Potter, Headteacher: “I cannot praise these students highly enough.  At such a young age to conceive, manage and complete such an ambitious project is incredible. They have shown great team spirit, resilience and excellence in everything they have done, and are wonderful ambassadors for our School and their local community. I am sure they will continue to take great care of the Pinfold, it comes as no surprise to hear they are already planning to set some winter bedding plants. ”

For further information about the Lifestyle Awards visit https://northyorkshire.police.uk/news/lifestyle-awards-2018/   To find out more about Richmond School and Sixth Form College follow www.richmondschool.net