03 May CMF support local school

CMF has agreed to sponsor copies of the latest Barney and Echo book for a local Black Country school, supporting the work of The Police Community Clubs of Great Britain in local communities.

The Club’s work supports initiatives that help young people to reach their full potential and become responsible citizens, aimed at providing a safer, more educated life for the most disadvantaged children and young people in our communities.

This includes projects aimed at:

  • Promoting responsible citizenship values;
  • Reducing vulnerability to involvement in, or becoming a victim of, crime and anti-social behaviour;
  • Increase confidence to help children & young people to achieve their full potential;
  • Increase sporting and other healthy activity participation levels.

The latest book, called Sparky’s Big Idea, deals with the issue of sustainability and the environment and as the project explains:

“Protecting our planet and teaching children the importance of the environment and sustainability is not only part of the curriculum, but of great social significance as we strive to handover a healthier planet to our future generations. Sparky’s Big Idea from the Police Community Clubs of Great Britain deals with the issues of recycling, sustainability and the importance of looking after the environment.

“Sparky Fox tries to tell everyone to recycle and save energy but nobody will listen until the Treetop Council announce that they will need to cut down an area of forest to supply wood for the winter, this includes cutting down the tree where Echo Squirrel lives.  It’s time for change and with Sparky’s help, Echo starts an Eco Club.

“The book is punctuated by activities that develop the learning objectives for the children, so Sparky’s Big Idea is a fun and interactive support to children’s citizenship education in primary schools.”


As Pam Murrell FICME, CMF CEO describes, “As a business located within a local community, like all businesses, and with a keen  interest in recycling (after all foundries have been recycling metal forever, not to mention foundry sand and indeed its skilled people) we were pleased to offer contribution to this project by providing a set of books for a class in a school in our local area.  Some of these children may go on to work in our foundries or in the wider metals sector and the subject of this book in particular is very apt.”

Abigail Southall
Abigail Southall