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Nursery celebrates first anniversary

Picture by Allan McKenzie/AMGP.co.uk - Pomfret Nursery 1yr Anniversary - Pomfret Nursery, Pontefract, England - 120414 - Isaac & Sam Sherburn, Angela Vause, Kay Illingworth, Nicola Barker & Ann Brickwood with the nursery's 1st anniversary cake.

Picture by Allan McKenzie/AMGP.co.uk - Pomfret Nursery 1yr Anniversary - Pomfret Nursery, Pontefract, England - 120414 - Isaac & Sam Sherburn, Angela Vause, Kay Illingworth, Nicola Barker & Ann Brickwood with the nursery's 1st anniversary cake.

An Easter egg hunt helped mark the first anniversary of a former council nursery that was saved from closure by local residents.

Pomfret Woodland Community Nursery on Rookhill Road, used to be known as Pomfret Neighbourhood Nursery.

It was one of three that were earmarked for closure by Wakefield Council in November 2011, when a cabinet report said it was running at a £69,000 loss.

The council could no longer afford to subsidise it, but determined parents, staff, local councillors, members of the local community and MP Yvette Cooper, launched a campaign to save it.

After drawing up a business plan, the nursery was transferred to a community group by Wakefield Council in April 2013.

On April 19 this year, the Friends of Pomfret Woodland Community Nursery, organised an Easter event, complete with egg trail, bouncy castle and cake, to celebrate the nursery’s first successful year.

Mum Sam Sherburn, who helped save it said: “The nursery is doing really well.

It is a much-needed facility. “If it hadn’t have stayed open, I, like many parents, would have had to look for childcare outside the area, or consider not returning to work.

“We didn’t want the anniversary to pass without marking it, and everyone had such a good time.”

Councillors Geoff Walsh and Tony Dean cut the cake at the party, which raised £213 for future events. The nursery is now run as a community interest company, which means it is registered to trade as a nursery and can make a profit. Situated within the Chequerfield Estate, it caters for children aged from birth to eight years and offers a holiday club.

The board of directors is made up of parents and staff of the nursery, and members of the local community.

 

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