PRIMARY school children welcomed elderly villagers to lunch at their school as part of a special project.

Pupils at Woodham Walter Primary School and residents of Brewster House tucked into a roast dinner together in a bid to forge stronger links between the generations.

The lunch was arranged after youngsters visited their guests’ care home, in the Heybridge Basin, at Christmas as a part of their Reaching Out initiative.

The visit was so successful, the children wanted to return their generosity by inviting them in for a tasty meal.

Headteacher Sue Dodd said: “Woodham Walter has a good relationship with St Michaels Church, Tadpoles nursery and other schools, but we also want the children to develop connections with older people.

“Reaching out like this benefits the children and also provides the residents with a trip out and something different to look forward to.

“The children really enjoyed hosting their visitors and are very proud of their school.”