A THEATRE has received more than £3,000 for a project which will see primary school pupils work with care home residents to put together a performance.

Chipping Norton Theatre got the £3,190 grant from West Oxfordshire District Council (WODC), with the project tacking place next year.

Pupils will be paired with local care home residents to share stories, which will be turned into a performance involving the children.

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Jane Doughty, cabinet member for customer delivery at WODC, said: “This is an excellent idea and goes to show the power of art in bringing people who are worlds apart, together.”

“I look forward to this delightful production which should occur in the spring of next year.

“Our stories are so important to tell and share. I hope residents go out to support this creativity when it is ready.”

William Arnold, community producer at Chipping Norton Theatre, added: “We are delighted to be embarking on this new intergenerational project, and to continue our work with school students and care home residents in Chipping Norton.

“With Memory Lanes, our recent outdoor exhibition, we witnessed the power of reminiscence to unite communities.

“We’re very excited to be translating this to a theatrical context, working alongside our community partners to inspire creativity, encourage empathy and deepen community cohesion.”