Singleton school pupils enjoy new play equipment

Stan Wilson who built the train for Singleton Primary School.''C120037-1 Chi Jan 12 School Train  Photo Louise Adams

Stan Wilson who built the train for Singleton Primary School.''C120037-1 Chi Jan 12 School Train Photo Louise Adams

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A TRAIN will be stopping at Singleton – 50 years after locomotives stopped running between Chichester and Midhurst.

And pupils at Singleton CoE Primary School will be very keen to climb aboard their new ‘play train’ because it was hand made specially for the school by parent Stan Wilson.

The four-carriage train takes pride of place in the playground and has taken many months of dedication and hard work.

It features an engine, coal car, tender and caboose and the carriages even feature hand prints by all the pupils.

Until the route was closed in the 1950s, a train used to stop in Singleton and the new play equipment is a reflection of this history.

It was paid for by the school’s Friends group which has arranged a host of fundraising events especially for the project, including discos, film nights, bingo evenings and a Summer Ball.

Head teacher Christopher Todd said: “It will be great to see the pupils enjoying the wonderful new play equipment.

“The play train is an amazing piece of skill and craftsmanship.

“Huge thanks to Stan Wilson whose skill and generosity will be appreciated by the children and families of the school for many years to come,” he added.