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Pre-school awarded £10k for a new room

By Cornish Guardian  |  Posted: September 14, 2012

LOTTO JOY: Celebrating their windfall at St Minver Pre-School are, back, from left, Morwenna, Archie, Bella and Sharron, and front, Oscar, Jake, Ben, Dash and Kaja.

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ST MINVER Pre-School is celebrating a lottery windfall which will enable it to provide extra activities for its children.

The £10,000 grant from the Big Lottery Fund will pay for an all-weather outdoor classroom.

The improvements will include rubber wet-pour flooring, and the work is expected to be completed during October, when an open day will be arranged for parents.

Committee member Morwenna Hawtin, who applied for the grant, said everyone was surprised and delighted to get such a large amount, and excited about providing another resource for the children.

"The maximum grant we could have received was £10,000, and we didn't think for one minute we'd get the full amount, so when the letter came from the Big Lottery sating we'd got it, we were thrilled," she said.

"The new outdoor classroom will mean that even if there's wind and rain the children will be sheltered, and can play safely with the new rubber flooring."

The pre-school is housed in a purpose-built base at Trewint playing fields at Rock, built for it only a few years ago.

Local firm Schoolscapes of Wadebridge, which specialises in providing school equipment, has been contracted to build the new outdoor classroom.

"It should be completed by half-term week in October, and we're planning an open day with a barbecue after all the new equipment is in place," Mrs Hawtin said.

The are almost 30 children currently attending the pre-school and it is hoped more will be starting there shortly.

"The pre-school started 40 years ago in the parish hall at St Minver," she said. "We're going from strength to strength, and to be awarded £10,000 is a fantastic achievement."

Manager Sally Fletcher said: "We have a great committee and due to their hard work and fundraising, we have been able to buy lots of new equipment in and around the pre-school."

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