A new Early Years Centre was unveiled at Lympstone C of E Primary School at a special event last Sunday.

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The two new classrooms, toilets, a lift and an outdoors area were opened amid the school’s Christmas fair.

The fair drew in 200 people from all over the area to enjoy 15 different stalls selling food and Christmas gifts.

Bead making, a Santa’s grotto, and a barbecue were also on offer as well as live music from the Lympstone Training Band.

A total of £800 was raised and the cash will now go towards building a brand-new dedicated outdoor lunchtime area next to the Early Years Centre.

The lunchtime area will include tables, seating and possibly plants and statues.

The opening of the new centre follows years of overcrowding in the school, which occupies a cramped site near the centre of the village.

The new Early Years Centre will be able to cater for 30 pupils.

It follows the demolition of the old pre-school unit – the new building was built on land occupied by a church room and a play area.

The school will now have to pay rent for the land, but the Parochial Church Council (PCC) covered the cost of demolishing the current building while Devon County Council also made a contribution.

The PCC’s Mary Blair said: “We like to help the school and, though we can’t afford to give them much money, we can let them use our land.”

Headteacher Emily Mellor said: “It’s fantastic we have got two new classrooms, and for the first time a dedicated leaning area for the sole use of early years and foundation stage children.

“The fair was really well attended. We not only had parents, children and staff turn out but members of the community as well.

“Thank you to everyone who helped out in what was a really successful day.”

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