Oakdale Junior School in South Woodford installs boat bought on eBay at heart of new play area

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Former pupils Charlotte Baldry (11) and Marnie Wheeler (11) with their designs to improve outdoor spaces at Oakdale Junior School beside the eBay boat Former pupils Charlotte Baldry (11) and Marnie Wheeler (11) with their designs to improve outdoor spaces at Oakdale Junior School beside the eBay boat

A SECOND-HAND boat bought for £70 on eBay has been permanently anchored in a school playground.

Children from Oakdale Junior School in Oakdale Road, South Woodford, will be able to enjoy playing as pirates on the boat which forms the centrepiece of a £2,000 improvement scheme at the school.

The school received the cash from the John Laing Charitable Trust which hands out grants to schools to improve their outdoor spaces.

Local builder Martin Baldry bought the boat online and donated it to Oakdale, and the grant has allowed the school to renovate it and make it safe for play.

It will sit in an area surrounded by sand and pebbles and backdrops designed by the children.

Head teacher Linda Snow, said: “It costs tens of thousands of pounds to buy wooden boat play structures so this is a much more cost effective and realistic solution.

“We think it’s going to be an exciting role play area for the children and it can be adapted for lessons, too.”

The boat has been placed outside the school’s swimming pool which has undergone a £30,000 refurbishment programme over the summer.

The school is one of just two in Redbridge to have its own pool, and it had planned to spend the money on turning it into an all-year facility by replacing the corrugated plastic roof and improving insulation.

But Mrs Snow said: “Unfortunately all the money we had planned to spend on the project has had to go on mechanical refurbishment, such as replacing the pipes.”

The school received around £2,000 in donations from parents and local businesses towards the costs of the refurbishment.

Mrs Snow added: “The long-term goal is still to keep the pool open all year.

“The sun is shining at the moment and the children are using it, but as soon as the weather gets colder we will have to close it for the winter.”

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9:57am Fri 9 Nov 12

Cornbeefur says...

What was the point?
What was the point? Cornbeefur

11:34am Fri 9 Nov 12

E17_er says...

Cornbeefur wrote:
What was the point?
To provide a play structure for children? It isn't a very complicated story.
[quote][p][bold]Cornbeefur[/bold] wrote: What was the point?[/p][/quote]To provide a play structure for children? It isn't a very complicated story. E17_er

2:36pm Fri 9 Nov 12

Isaythat says...

E17....oh I love it :-) :-). brilliant reply
E17....oh I love it :-) :-). brilliant reply Isaythat

4:23pm Fri 9 Nov 12

Wizza_b says...

What`s the point in living in Marylebone, with all that vibrant life on your doorstep, but choosing to live your life on the Guardian website making comments just because you choose that over the vibrant life.
There more point to putting a boat in a sand pit.
What`s the point in living in Marylebone, with all that vibrant life on your doorstep, but choosing to live your life on the Guardian website making comments just because you choose that over the vibrant life. There more point to putting a boat in a sand pit. Wizza_b

7:22am Sat 10 Nov 12

Cornbeefur says...

Isaythat wrote:
E17....oh I love it :-) :-). brilliant reply
Yes like you, he should be on the stage collecting tomatoes that are thrown.

Boats are for water.
[quote][p][bold]Isaythat[/bold] wrote: E17....oh I love it :-) :-). brilliant reply[/p][/quote]Yes like you, he should be on the stage collecting tomatoes that are thrown. Boats are for water. Cornbeefur

7:33am Sat 10 Nov 12

Alan_1976 says...

Really stop obsessing about stories about local children. It is disturbing behaviour from a nonresident.
Really stop obsessing about stories about local children. It is disturbing behaviour from a nonresident. Alan_1976

8:19am Sat 10 Nov 12

E17_er says...

Cornbeefur wrote:
Isaythat wrote:
E17....oh I love it :-) :-). brilliant reply
Yes like you, he should be on the stage collecting tomatoes that are thrown.

Boats are for water.
"Collecting tomatoes that are thrown."

Apparently Cornbeefur last went to the theatre during the late 19th century in a child's story.
[quote][p][bold]Cornbeefur[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Isaythat[/bold] wrote: E17....oh I love it :-) :-). brilliant reply[/p][/quote]Yes like you, he should be on the stage collecting tomatoes that are thrown. Boats are for water.[/p][/quote]"Collecting tomatoes that are thrown." Apparently Cornbeefur last went to the theatre during the late 19th century in a child's story. E17_er

10:20pm Sun 11 Nov 12

Clear Thinking says...

Why are there so many comments about this?

Boat donated to school, children happy with new play area/donation this should be one of those happy, non-offensive stories, let's just ignore those who want to stick their oar in because they feel the need to justify an empty existence and celebrate those that want to do something positive for a change.
Why are there so many comments about this? Boat donated to school, children happy with new play area/donation this should be one of those happy, non-offensive stories, let's just ignore those who want to stick their oar in because they feel the need to justify an empty existence and celebrate those that want to do something positive for a change. Clear Thinking

10:36pm Sun 11 Nov 12

Cornbeefur says...

Clear Thinking wrote:
Why are there so many comments about this?

Boat donated to school, children happy with new play area/donation this should be one of those happy, non-offensive stories, let's just ignore those who want to stick their oar in because they feel the need to justify an empty existence and celebrate those that want to do something positive for a change.
This is the point, you cannot stick an oar in, as it is on dry land.
[quote][p][bold]Clear Thinking[/bold] wrote: Why are there so many comments about this? Boat donated to school, children happy with new play area/donation this should be one of those happy, non-offensive stories, let's just ignore those who want to stick their oar in because they feel the need to justify an empty existence and celebrate those that want to do something positive for a change.[/p][/quote]This is the point, you cannot stick an oar in, as it is on dry land. Cornbeefur

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