Lympstone Preschool celebrates opening of ‘amazing’ new facility

PUBLISHED: 12:00 08 April 2018

Cllr David Atkins cuts the ribbon at the official opening of Lympstone Preschool. Ref exe 14 18TI 0380. Picture: Terry Ife

Cllr David Atkins cuts the ribbon at the official opening of Lympstone Preschool. Ref exe 14 18TI 0380. Picture: Terry Ife

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Lympstone Preschool has celebrated the opening of its brand new building giving the once struggling facility a new lease of life.

In February the purpose-built new £500,000 building became operational, transforming learning for pupils and staff alike.

On Thursday, March 29, preschool leaders celebrated the new building’s opening along with many of the donors who supported the new facility.

The new preschool, located next to the village hall in Candy’s Field, offers 39 places for three and four year olds, an increase in the number of places previously available.

Cllr David Atkins cuts the ribbon at the official opening of Lympstone Preschool. Ref exe 14 18TI 0385. Picture: Terry IfeCllr David Atkins cuts the ribbon at the official opening of Lympstone Preschool. Ref exe 14 18TI 0385. Picture: Terry Ife

The preschool had been run from the youth club in Candy’s Field, which meant the group’s activities and the times at which sessions were available was limited.

And unlike before, the building will be available from 8am to 6pm, all year round.

Pre-school chairman Susan Briggs, said: “I would like to thank our wonderful community and many supporters of this project.

Cllr David Atkins cuts the ribbon at the official opening of Lympstone Preschool. Ref exe 14 18TI 0388. Picture: Terry IfeCllr David Atkins cuts the ribbon at the official opening of Lympstone Preschool. Ref exe 14 18TI 0388. Picture: Terry Ife

“Lympstone Preschool, its committee, staff and parents are hugely grateful and very excited for the future.”

Manager Vicky Drinkwater said it was ‘lovely’ to celebrate with those who’d helped provide ‘an amazing resource for the village’.

She said: “We are massively grateful; it wouldn’t have been possible without those people getting behind it.”

Cllr Rob Longhurst says a few words at the official opening of Lympstone Preschool. Ref exe 14 18TI 0392. Picture: Terry IfeCllr Rob Longhurst says a few words at the official opening of Lympstone Preschool. Ref exe 14 18TI 0392. Picture: Terry Ife

Increasing costs had meant the 40-year-old facility was facing closure.

But a bid by Devon County Council successfully attracted funds of nearly £372,000 from the Government’s Education and Skills Funding Agency. Devon County Council also provided funds of around £80,000 towards the building.

Lympstone Parish Council agreed £10,000 and £33,500 was committed by the local community, including £25,000 from the car hire company, Thrifty.

Cllr David Atkins cuts the ribbon at the official opening of Lympstone Preschool. Ref exe 14 18TI 0380. Picture: Terry IfeCllr David Atkins cuts the ribbon at the official opening of Lympstone Preschool. Ref exe 14 18TI 0380. Picture: Terry Ife

Thrifty Car and Van Rental chairman Nigel Spokes said: “Educating and motivating children from an early age enriches their lives; we are delighted to have supported such a commendable project.”

Devon County Councillor Jeff Trail said: “As the population of Lympstone grows, facilities for young families will no doubt increase. It will be of enormous benefit to our local community.”

The project was designed and project managed by NPS South West Ltd.

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