PUPILS at a primary school in Chard will hold a non-uniform day to raise funds to replace the broken stained-glass windows at St Mary’s Church.

Manor Court’s community launched the initiative, which will take place tomorrow (Friday, January 12), to help the church after the damage caused to its historic windows.

Rev Georgina Vye said repairs will cost between £15,000 and £20,000 after the windows were smashed on New Year’s Eve.

Chard & Ilminster News: The window was smashed on New Year's DayThe window was smashed on New Year's Day (Image: St Mary's Church)

A spokesperson for the school said: “The decision was made by the senior leadership team - Mr Talmage, Mr Clode, and Mrs Terry to hold this non-school uniform day after reading about the costs of repair in the Chard and Ilminster.

“St Mary’s community and the whole community of Manor Court Community Primary School (children, parents, and staff) have an exceptionally strong friendship and we wanted to help.

“Our school ethos is based on caring for each other and we encourage this care to go out through the school gates into Chard as much as we can.

“Parents have been fully supportive of this decision with their support being shown through our school Facebook page.

“We have spoken to the children in assemblies about our non-uniform day and why we are raising money for our friends at St Mary's.”

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Two other churches were also damaged in Chard.

Avon and Somerset Police said cash was stolen from the Church of the Good Shepherd in Furnham Road, and two windows were smashed at the Methodist Church on Fore Street.

The three incidents happened between Wednesday, December 27, and Sunday, December, 31.