Celebrating the 10th anniversary of Stibbard Children’s Centre

Stibbard Children's Centre 10th anniversary. Pictured with Noah Caston (2) and (L) Billy Copeland (3

Stibbard Children's Centre 10th anniversary. Pictured with Noah Caston (2) and (L) Billy Copeland (3) are staff (from left) Melanie Dagless, Sally Sizeland, Jane Walker, Jo Woodhouse, Dawn Smith, Sarah Doubleday and (centre) Tracey Bunting. Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: Ian Burt

Staff, children and parents celebrated the 10th anniversary of a village children's centre.

Stibbard Children's Centre has offered a lifeline to parents in and around the village for a decade.

Some 80 families use its breakfast club, day care, after school club and holiday playschemes.

Manager Sarah Doubleday said many attended its birthday party on Saturday.

'There awere about 30 children with adults, all the staff and the original founders of the children's centre,' she said.

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'When we moved up here there was a huge campaign, we were very lucky to get these premises.'

Parents feared the centre would have to close when plans were announ ced to merge primary schools in Stibbard and nearby Great Ryburgh.

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But the centre was given premises next top the new All Saints Primary by the county copuncil, after a successful campaign.

In June 2014, the centre was given a 'good with an outstanding element' rating by the schools watchdog Ofsted.

Founders Hilary Myhill and Emma Denny joined guests at the party. Mrs Doubleday added she wished to thank Dell's Nursery and Fakenham Garden Centre for donating flowers to brighten up the event.

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