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Dalton playgroup gets a 40th anniversary revamp costing £72,000
11:08am Monday 21st October 2013 in News
A FURNESS playgroup is celebrating its 40th anniversary and marking a major revamp of the facilities with a ribbon cutting event on November 1.
The Jack and Jill Preschool Playgroup in Dalton-in-Furness has been transformed with the addition of an outside play area, new toilets, kitchen, improved heating and lighting and specially designed self-contained spaces.
Based at the town’s Drill Hall, the playgroup is the only one in Dalton approved by Children’s Services and Ofsted.
Coun Anne Burns, Cumbria County Council’s cabinet member for Children’s Services will be carrying out the ribbon cutting at 11am.
The revamp has been funded by £36,000 from the county council and match funding from the Trustees of the Dalton Community Association.
Prior to the revamp the playgroup met in the main hall and didn’t have its own dedicated spaces or facilities.
In 2012 Cumbria County Council handed over the Drill Hall to the community association via a community asset transfer, which allows councils to hand over property to local people and organisations to run.
Coun Burns said: “This playgroup offers a wonderful service to young children and parents in and around Dalton.
“I’m delighted Cumbria County Council has helped fund the revamp – the facilities really are excellent and will benefit the community for many years to come.
“In its 40th year, the playgroup’s future looks brighter than ever and that’s testament to the staff and the dedication of the Dalton Community Association.”
Claire Round from Jack and Jill Preschool Playgroup said: “We are so happy to finally have our own dedicated space within the Drill Hall.
“We are the only playgroup in the community and we are proud to be able to offer a more warm, friendly and safe environment for children to learn and develop.
It has taken a lot of hard work and planning from all parties involved, but has been well worth the wait!”
The revamp of the playgroup’s facilities forms part of a wider Drill Hall refurbishment – for which nearly £300,000 has been raised. The facility attracts 800 to1,000 users a week including army cadets, a youth club and dance group.
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