ALL the primary schools across Chard have joined forces for a new project which will culminate in a promenade performance throughout the town later this week.

The scheme, which also includes some of the primary schools in Chard’s surrounding villages, is titled Get Chard Reading.

For it, all the year 5 and 6 pupils have been handed a copy of the novel The Boy at the Back of the Class, by Onjali Rauf, which is about a young refugee from Syria.

On Friday (October 4) the project will conclude with an inaugural promenade performance of the novel in venues across the town from noon until 3pm, including Chard Museum, Chard School, Chard Baptist Church, Chard Library and Manor Court School.

As well as this, artwork created by pupils inspired by the book is on display at Chard Library until October 5.

These include a work by Manor Court pupils featuring a red bag, which once belonged to nine-year-old refugee Ahmet, who fled his war torn home to the safety of the UK.

Get Chard Reading was funded by the Arts Council, and is offering a workshop for adults focussed on Dreams and Worries, at St. Mary’s Church, from 5pm to 7pm on Friday.