A WINCHESTER preschool has celebrated the 40th anniversary of its founding.

Current and former pupils at St Paul’s Pre-school joined staff to mark the occasion with a picnic in St Paul’s Meadow on Saturday, June 22.

The festivities included a bake sale, face painting, smoothie making, hook-a-duck and ceramic painting facilitated by Sunnyside Art Studio.

The day also featured a special performance by the current preschool children, led by Silvia Brown, who has been the Teaching Lead for 13 years.

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Dozens of families came along to celebrate the preschool's 40th anniversaryDozens of families came along to celebrate the preschool's 40th anniversary (Image: Harvey Mills)

Past and present teachers also surprised attendees by singing a rendition of Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes.

Michelle Beck, chairperson for the preschool, said: “St. Paul's Pre-School is a much-cherished part of the Winchester community.

“Operating as a charity, with a dedicated team of parent volunteers serving as the management committee, our 40th anniversary is a testament to the unwavering commitment of the staff and the supportive network of families who have made the preschool such a success over the years.

“As we embark on our next chapter, we look forward to building upon our strong foundation, ensuring that St Paul’s Pre-school continues to provide a nurturing, caring, and stimulating environment for generations to come.”