Nursery celebrates landmark

CELEBRATING GOOD TIMES: Staff and toddlers at Noah's Ark Nursey mark its 40th anniversary.
CELEBRATING GOOD TIMES: Staff and toddlers at Noah's Ark Nursey mark its 40th anniversary.

FAMILIAR faces old and new celebrated a village nursery’s 40th anniversary.

Noah’s Ark Nursery in Bures marked four decades at the heart of the community with a party for staff, parents and 35 toddlers on Thursday.

The event – held at the village community centre – featured a bouncy castle and face-painting, while youngsters also tried their hands at puppet-making and tucked into cupcakes.

Alice Butler, a parent and committee member at the playgroup, which was set up in 1971, said the celebration was a great success.

“The party went very well and lots of people came along,” she said.

“We had parents who attended the nursery themselves coming along with their children, and that was just brilliant because our principles are still entirely the same.”

Mrs Butler said that the only difference from 40 years ago was that the nursery – which is a registered charity and has a parent-run committee – now offers lunch clubs and afternoon sessions.

“It used to be just the mornings but we have moved with the times to accommodate parents going to work,” she said. “The sessions are very popular.

“To be running for 40 years is a great achievement and we will hopefully continue for the next 40.”

Nursery leader Janice McShane, who has been part of the organisation for 20 years, thanked the village for its support, and staff for the part they have played in the group’s history.

“Noah’s Ark has been providing high-quality early education and care for pre-school-aged children for 40 years and this is a reflection of the dedication and commitment by staff and the committee of parents at the nursery,” she said.