SCHOOLCHILDREN and community groups can now play safely outside in the winter.

Hermitage Primary School has received £500 funding from a local home builder to light up its outdoor areas after dark.

The Holmes Chapel school applied for a grant from the Love from Anwyl fund to install new playground lighting.

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Headteacher Helen Ross said: “The £500 funding has come in really handy for our new external lights.

“Before, we only had limited lighting so in winter the playground was too dark and couldn’t be used after school.

“The school is also used as a venue for Brownies and Guides.

“Our community groups and our own after school club can now use our outdoor areas throughout the year and we’re grateful to Anwyl for the help.”

Love From Anwyl is a voluntary scheme attached to 138 new homes being built at Victoria Mills, where two show homes are open to view.

It’s in addition to local investment agreed during the planning process.

Graeme Gibb, sales director for Anwyl Homes Cheshire and North Wales, said: “We’re really pleased to support Hermitage Primary School through our Love from Anwyl fund.

“It is very close to our Victoria Mills development and lots of new homeowners’ children attend there.

“The school is also used by several community groups during the evenings, so this new lighting is going to help lots of people make the most of the outdoor areas.”