A WHITCHURCH nursery with a colourful history has celebrated a milestone birthday.
Pupils past and present of the Rising Fives pre-school, in Wells Lane, came together to toast its 40 years in the town.
Cakes, a duck race and a raffle with prizes donated from local businesses were all part of the December 1 celebration.
And this week marks a new beginning for the nursery, which was rated “good” by Ofsted, with the appointment of a new manager Theresa Saunders, who started on Monday.
“It has been a great success to share our birthday with all our fantastic staff and pupils past and present,” said chairman of the trustees, Nadia Dowling. “We have exciting times ahead with a new manager starting.”
Rising Fives was founded in 1972 by mums Virginia Lee and Catherine Larcombe at a home in Newbury Road. A year later it moved to bigger premises at Whitchurch Parish Hall in London Street.
The nursery moved to its current home in the Old Canteen in 1974 in a move that needed the help of the second most senior judge in the country, Whitchurch resident Lord Denning, to help fight a lengthy legal battle to transfer ownership of the former Whitchurch C of E School building to the nursery.
Mrs Dowling added: “The nursery has gone from strength to strength over the years. It is a real community here. We are looking forward to many more celebrations in the future.”