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Brand new building for Owlets!

The children of Ilketshall St Lawrence Pre School, known as Owlets, returned to school in September 2020 to a brand new building of their own. The group, who previously shared space within Ilketshall St Lawrence Primary School, started the campaign to raise the money to put up their own building in July 2016.
Through their own fundraising efforts, generous donations and grants from the Geoffrey Watling Charity, the Dulverton Trust and the Harris Family Fund the group’s volunteers and supporters raised an amazing £39,340 and, after several delays, all permissions to proceed with installing the modular building were in place by February 2020. The date for commencing the installation of the build was set for March but, as every reader will well know, the country went into lockdown – just a week after the build started. Although work was able to continue it was at a delayed pace. Despite the setbacks the building was completed by August 2020 and a co-ordinated and socially distanced effort by staff and volunteers over the next few weeks saw the building cleaned, kitted out and set up ready for the start of the September term when the children started back amid the heightened restrictions necessary for dealing with coronavirus.
The children are now enjoying a purpose built, large, bright and airy main space with free access to their own multi-surfaced outdoor play area and the group has been able to ensure they can offer care for up to 12 children per session morning and afternoon every day during school term time. As they are still based on the primary school site they are also able to retain the connection with their older friends and siblings within the school which has always been an integral part of the provision.

The Owlets team would like to extend special thanks to the following: Allan Collyer & Sons Ltd, Andy Hammett Plumbing & Heating Ltd, Broadway Colours, Bungay Computers, Bungay Lions, Dulverton Trust, Dunelm (Lowestoft), Garrod Construction Limited, The Geoffrey Watling Charity, Halesworth Lions, HardiePlank, Harris Family Fund, James Miller Electrical, J C Woodproducts, Norton Peskett, P.J.Lee Hire & Sales, Suffolk Arboricultural Specialists and Jonathan Mitchell.

For information about spaces at Owlets Pre-School, please contact Tina Chapman on 07879196187 or alternatively email owletspreschool@hotmail.co.uk