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Ridgewood pre-school unveils new outdoor play area

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Published: 06/09/2013

The new playground, which is located behind Ridgewood Community Centre on Station Road, was officially opened on Thursday 5 September by the pre-school’s committee chairman Mireille Williams. Until recently, children at the pre-school only had a tarmac surface to play on, but thanks to the £18,000 grant they now have an exciting new play area complete with a teepee-style hut, sandpit, artificial turf and shaded areas.

Mirielle applied for the funds through South Gloucestershire Council’s New Homes Bonus Scheme, which was awarded through the Frome Vale Area Forum.

The pre-school held a day of activities to mark the opening which included a visit from Channel 5’s Milkshake! children’s TV presenters Jen Pringle and Olivia Birchenough. Chairman of South Gloucestershire Council, Cllr Ian Boulton also stopped by to meet Mireille, staff and some of the children to benefit from the new play area.

Cllr Ian Boulton, Chairman of South Gloucestershire Council, said: “It was great to meet Mireille and see the results of her hard work and dedication to Ridgewood pre-school in Yate. Her efforts to turn around the pre-school have made a big difference in the local community, and thanks to her securing funding from South Gloucestershire Council the new playground will be enjoyed for many years to come.”

Mireille Williams, a mum-of-three from Yate, was named Tesco’s ‘Mum of the Year’ in the community category earlier this year for her work at the pre-school. Mireille took on the role of treasurer and has helped make the pre-school into a viable business, securing education for 40 plus children and providing jobs for seven teachers and additional staff too.


The next Frome Vale Area Forum meeting takes place at 7pm on Thursday 19 September at Watermore Primary School, Frampton Cotterell.

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