Using materials donated by Charltons Timberstore, the Midsomer Norton “Men’s Shed” have hand-built and delivered very colourful additions to the play-ground at Hemington Primary School.

The multi-coloured “Buddy Bench” is part of a scheme to avoid school-children suffering loneliness and bullying. Any child feeling vulnerable simply sits on the bench and other children are invited to engage and befriend him or her. This not only helps the vulnerable child but also teaches the other pupils social responsibility.

Men’s Shed has been supported in this project by kind donations of material by local suppliers Charltons Timber Store and Protek Wood Stain.

Parent, Julie Miller, whose family’s generous donation allowed the benches to be made, said “This is a fitting memorial in memory of my father who fell in love with the school, when he came to visit with my daughter.”

Hemington School Headteacher, Naomi de Chastelain, said “We are delighted to be the first school in the area to benefit from this collaboration between Men’s Shed Midsomer Norton and local suppliers Charltons Timber Store and Protek Woodstain. We hope that other schools in the area will adopt this scheme”.