Monday, 25 September 2017

Families celebrate 30 years of village pre-school

FAMILIES were given tractor rides to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Kidmore End Pre-School.

FAMILIES were given tractor rides to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Kidmore End Pre-School.

More than 30 sets of parents and children also attended a barbecue outside the New Inn in the village on Saturday — despite heavy rain.

Inside, there was a display of photographs illustrating the history of the pre-school. A lemon sponge birthday cake was made by Louise Wood, whose family have been associated with the pre-school for many years.

Parent Tara Gibbon, who helped organise the celebration, said: “It was very exciting driving through the puddles and everyone ended their ride with big smiles on their faces and many splashes on their clothes! The family-friendly community spirit at the New Inn, where nothing was too much trouble and the food was delicious, really helped to make the atmosphere special.”

Ms Gibbon thanked landlady Dora Szymborska and John Lambourne and Andy Parry for providing the tractor and trailer rides. Nicola Liddon-Horncastle, manager of the pre-school, said: “It was lovely to see so many past, present and even some future attendees at our anniversary celebration.”

Kidmore End Village Playgroup was opened on March 2, 1983 by a group of local mothers and later became the pre-school. In 2011, it was judged to be “outstanding” by education watchdog Ofsted.

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