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A Haverhill pre-school held an open morning last Saturday to show off the £50,000 upgrades and renovations it has now completed and to say thank you to those that that made it possible.

Castle Fields Pre-School, next to Haverhill Rugby Club in School Lane, completed the work largely thanks to a £40,186 contribution from the developer of a nearby housing scheme, a payment secured via an agreement between West Suffolk Council (WSC) and the housebuilder.

The pre-school also fund-raised and had a Covid grant from WSC as it stayed open during the pandemic.

Castle Fields Pre-School in Haverhill had an open morning to showcase the completion of its renovations and improvements. Pictured are Charis Newton (manager) with staff Karen Thompson deputy manager, Marianne Pryor, Natasha Aitken, Kellie Taylor and Ann-Marie Skinner. Picture by Mark Westley
Castle Fields Pre-School in Haverhill had an open morning to showcase the completion of its renovations and improvements. Pictured are Charis Newton (manager) with staff Karen Thompson deputy manager, Marianne Pryor, Natasha Aitken, Kellie Taylor and Ann-Marie Skinner. Picture by Mark Westley

Charis Newton, the pre-school manager, said: “The programme of works has made a huge difference to our working environment and to staff morale.

“Staff have commented on the brightness of the pre-school room and how welcoming it feels.

“Also that it’s a lovely environment to work in and that they feel proud to work here, they feel that it is more reflective of who we are and how hard they work.

Castle Fields Pre-School manager Charis Newton with eputy manager, Karen Thompson and Daren and George Foley, Windows, Doors and Conservatories. Picture by Mark Westley.
Castle Fields Pre-School manager Charis Newton with eputy manager, Karen Thompson and Daren and George Foley, Windows, Doors and Conservatories. Picture by Mark Westley.

“I feel so proud of my staff team, how they have supported me and the families that come to our pre-school, through Covid-19, the renovation works and a recent Ofsted inspection (it received a rating of ‘Good’).

“The staff no longer need to donate their own family time coming to work during holidays and weekends to maintain our pre-school building, treating the cladding and painting the fence.

“The building is now a sustainable asset to the community, that will be here for many years to come. We will be able to offer our building out for rent in the near future.

“Our heating bills will now be reduced, thanks to the solar panels, our maintenance costs will be lower too. The security for the building is also much improved due to the new doors and windows.”

The renovated interior of Castle Fields Pre-School in Haverhill. Picture by Mark Westley
The renovated interior of Castle Fields Pre-School in Haverhill. Picture by Mark Westley

The work done and who completed it (all based in the Haverhill area) is:

n New windows and doors, shutters, guttering, sofits and fascias, wall insulation, cladding - Daren and George Foley

n Aircon and heating - Westair

n New lighting (LED for cost effectiveness)

n Plastering and decorating - Jonny Phillips and DJC Painter and Decorator (Darren Callow)

n Work on new allotment area including paths and patios - Jason Hodges

n Electrical work - Amizon Electrical

n Solar panels were also supplied and installed by West Suffolk Council.

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