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Meonstoke celebrates opening of new school building
MEONSTOKE has celebrated the opening of The Valley Preschool’s new building.
On Saturday, September 14, the £175,000 facility saw more than 200 people turn out to inspect it, as a 30-year-old classroom was replaced with a brand-new purpose-built portable building that will last for decades.
Crucially, the preschool will now be able to continue acting as the primary feeder for Meonstoke Infant School and Droxford School – seen by many as essential to the health and vitality of the Meon Valley villages.
Sarah Winter-Page, the preschool supervisor, said: “With an incredibly small window of opportunity to demolish and remove the old structure and install the new building, the whole project was completed in just six weeks during the school holidays.
“We would not have been able to undertake this building project without the incredible support of the community who have made personal donations, organised and attended numerous events and bought countless raffle tickets over the past few years.”
The official opening was left to Meon Valley MP, George Hollingbery.
He said: “I am delighted to have been asked to open the new home of the Valley Preschool. I was first contacted by parents back in 2011 and have had the pleasure of watching the plans for the school develop and come to fruition over the last two years.”
But it wasn’t all books and classrooms, as the Meon Valley Lions ran a barbeque, the Traditional Icecream Company catered for the sweet-toothed, and Bowman Ales, Barton Vineyards and Hill Orchard were on hand for the thirsty.
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