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Haverhill pre-school celebrates its golden anniversary in fun style




Glorious weather welcomed visitors to Little Wonders Pre-School in Haverhill on Saturday when it held a fun day to celebrate its 50th anniversary.

Face painting, nearly new stalls, balloon creations, bouncy castles, games and a tombola were among the fun on offer between 11am and 3pm.

The pre-school's deputy manager, Tara Nicholas, said: "It was a warm one but we made over £1,000. We were really pleased with the event. We sold out of a lot of things and the support was amazing."

Face painted youngsters. From left, Eva Hennick, three, Abigail Underwood, three, Ollie Stepanos, four and Dominic Hennick, six. Picture by Richard Marsham.
Face painted youngsters. From left, Eva Hennick, three, Abigail Underwood, three, Ollie Stepanos, four and Dominic Hennick, six. Picture by Richard Marsham.

At the fun day Diane Grant was presented with a water feature and other presents to mark her 25th year as the pre-school's manager.

Little Wonders was first called Hamlet Playgroup when it was started at the Old Independent Church Hall in 1969 by a group of mothers in Elmhurst Close who wanted to meet up for a chat, cup of tea and for the children to play.

The playgroup started with 22 children, whose parents each paid one shilling per session as it ran at the church hall for five mornings per week.

In 1980 Jannice Clowes became involved with the group when her eldest child attended. She went on to become the leader in 1989 and together with four other helpers they looked after 24 children.

Diane first became involved with Hamlet Playgroup in 1993/4 when her son attended and it changed to a pre-school when the early years funding was brought in, at about 2000.

In 2004 the preschool moved to Hamlet Croft site in Hamlet Road where it operated for about two years.

On September 8, 2006 the pre-school moved into a classroom in Westfield Primary School, when is was based in Manor Road and changed its name to Little Wonders because, said Diane 'we were the little children in 'Wonderful Westfield', therefore the Little Wonders'.

Little Wonders moved to its current site in 2012 and now caters for 62 families each week offering early years funding for two to four-year-olds.



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