Ribbon cutting ceremony at Birdham Pre-School

Friends and supporters of Birdham pre-school gathered for the official opening of the building. Front from left: Lorraine Foster, the manager of the pre-school, Rosamund Champ, vice chair of the F G Woodger Trust, and trustee Sally Lillywhite. Picture by Kate Shemilt C131234-1
Friends and supporters of Birdham pre-school gathered for the official opening of the building. Front from left: Lorraine Foster, the manager of the pre-school, Rosamund Champ, vice chair of the F G Woodger Trust, and trustee Sally Lillywhite. Picture by Kate Shemilt C131234-1

SUPPORTERS of a pre-school are celebrating the official opening of its new purpose-built home.

Birdham Pre-School, formerly Birdham Nursery, held a ribbon cutting ceremony last Wednesday.

“It’s been many, many years in the planning but we’re thrilled to finally have a fit-for-purpose space which will give our children the best opportunity to learn and play” said manager Lorraine Foster.

Although the new building sits within the grounds of Birdham Primary School, the pre-school is an independent registered charity.

The move was made possible thanks to the efforts of parents, staff and committee members who raised £240,000.

Grants were received from The FG Woodger Trust, The Friarsgate Trust, the Garfield Western Foundation and the Three Harbours and Coastal Plain LEADER Local Action Group.

Local support has also been given by Birdham Stores, Russells Garden Centre and Covers among others. But the committee have not downed their fundraising ambitions yet.

“We are still keeping our fingers crossed while we wait to hear about some other funding applications, which if successful, will mean the children will also be able to enjoy the outside space to its full potential,” said Lorraine.

Come and Play open days for local families will be held at the pre-school from 10am to 12pm today (Saturday, September 14) and again on Saturday, September 21, from 2pm to 4pm.