Crafty Corner is a hit with Saltford School pupils

CHILDREN at Saltford School are enjoying a new craft space created in memory of a much-loved member of staff.

Debbie Parfrey was an inspiration to pupils during her many years as a teaching assistant.

She loved to craft, pursuing it as a hobby outside school, and would always have great ideas for the children. Her children were also pupils there, and the school was a big part of her life.

Mrs Parfrey died after being diagnosed with cancer, and she is missed greatly by everyone at the school.

Now a new area called Crafty Corner has been built in tribute to her legacy.

Emma Dixon, a higher level teaching assistant (HLTA) at the school, came up with the idea.

She said: “There are many children who like to sit quietly and draw or colour at playtime, rather than running around playing games. So we built the area for the children to use and dedicated it to her memory.

“We asked the parents for craft donations and have now built an area that is stocked with wonderful things for the children to use, and books and soft bean bags for children to sit and read.”

Mrs Parfrey’s husband, daughters and close friends attended a special assembly, after which a group of children who are part of the school council, and school playleaders, gave a speech about the area and talked about Mrs Parfrey.

Mrs Parfrey’s husband David then cut the ribbon to officially open the area.

Emma said: “The area is very busy and the children are really enjoying it. I walked past yesterday and heard one child say ‘this is the best place ever’.

“This will be a great facility for the school and all the children whilst remembering our dear friend and colleague Debbie Parfrey.”