Horfield Methodist playgroup closes

July 28 2017

AFTER 50 years of service to the community, Horfield Methodist Playgroup has closed.

AFTER 50 years of service to the community, Horfield Methodist Playgroup has closed.

A survey, carried out by the church, established that the needs of parents and carers have changed with a large majority needing full-time, all the year round care for their children. Low numbers are not economically viable, so with heavy hearts the staff and committee decided to close the setting in July.

fron Parry said: “The playgroup has left a legacy of which we are proud - years of lasting friendships and memories for the children and parents. Hundreds of children have experienced a warm, enjoyable environment, which helped them develop a strong sense of belonging and a strong foundation in their early years on which to base their educational journey.

“We had a long serving, dedicated staff who were positive role models and always at hand to offer gentle reassurance and praise.”

During the last weeks, the children and parents attended, “Moving On Praise”, led by the RevcPatrick Stonehewer and there was a party on the last day with bouncy castle, face-painting, songs and food.

It is hoped that a celebration of 50 years of service to the community will be held in the autumn, when everyone connected with the setting will be invited to attend.