TREMENDOUS fundraising efforts at a village school have helped secure a brand new minibus.

North Newton Primary School has bought a 17-seater minibus, having raised £24,000 in less than a year.

Head teacher David Gliddon paid tribute to parents, children and members of the community who rallied behind the fundraising drive, in particular Andrew O'Connor, parent and governor, who chaired the minibus fund.

The following organisations and events were among those which helped coin in the cash: City Plumbing, 3 Peaks Challenge, Newt Fest, Maunsel House, EDF Energy, Sedgemoor District Council's Community Fund, Somerset Community Foundation, Readathon, Duck Race, 100 Club, Wroth Charity.

The minibus is used to provide free transport for weekly swimming sessions in Taunton, sporting events, theatre and educational trips, and residential visits.

The school has a second minibus, which means a whole class can be taken out without the need to hire extra transport.