Lympstone Pre-school could gain a £3,000 cash boost

PUBLISHED: 16:30 22 April 2016

Vicki Drinkwater (pictured right) is campaigning with others to keep Lympstone Pre-school open.

Vicki Drinkwater (pictured right) is campaigning with others to keep Lympstone Pre-school open.

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Lympstone Pre-school could be in line for another £3,000 boost - from local county councillor Bernard Hughes - in its ongoing fight to stay open.

The pre-school, which currently uses a room in the village hall, but cannot afford the rent, has been given £3,000 by Lympstone Parish Council to allow it to keep running until summer 2017.

However, unless a permanent new building is found by then, the pre-school will face closure.

District and parish councillor Rob Longhurst, who is leading the fundraising effort, says he is confident that of the £250,000 needed, £150,000 can be raised through grants. This leaves £100,000, which is being sought from the community.

Cllr Hughes said: “Each councillor across the county gets a grant of £10,000 from the Devon Investment Fund. I have said to the parish council I will allocate £3,000 to a community project, but it is their decision. ”

Manager Vicki Drinkwater said she was ‘delighted’ with the support the school had received.

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