Pre-school funding benefits local children’s groups

Children from the Bluebell Forest School, based in Uplyme, were among those to benefit from the grants

FIVE local children’s groups have benefited from funds raised in an attempt to reopen Lyme Regis Pre-School.

The Lyme Regis Pre-School Fundraising Association’s attempts to re-open a facility, following the closure of the pre-school at St Michael’s Primary School last year, were unsuccessful but they have now distributed the £4,500 raised to other local children’s groups.

Among those to benefit with a £700 donation was the Bluebell Forest School, based in Uplyme, which runs forest school clubs during the school holidays.

The next club will be held over half term on October 26, 27 and 30 for children aged three years and over. Activities include den making, fire making, bug hunting and marshmallows on the fire, with lunch and all snacks included for £20, running from 8.30am to 3.30pm.

The forest school will put their donation towards a gazebo to keep children sheltered from the weather and some basic equipment for fire making, child safety axes and mallets.

For more information or to book a place call 07714 168 765.

A helper from Shining Stars Playgroup with their new toy kitchen equipment

Another Uplyme-based group, Shining Star Playgroup, was also delighted to receive a grant of £141.85, which has been used to purchase a new play kitchen with pots, pans and toy food to develop the children’s fine motor skills, encourage role playing and introducing a variety of different foods.

The grant has also paid for COVID-19 cleaning supplies to ensure that both children and adults stay safe.

Jan Impey from Shining Stars said: “It’s a shame that Lyme Regis Pre-School had to close, but by distributing the funds to local groups that support the under 5s, it has given a real boost to groups like ours, and we’re very grateful.”

Shining Stars is a church group that meets in Uplyme Scout Hut on Friday mornings during term time. However, due to the pandemic they are not currently meeting. You can find out more at

Other local groups to benefit from the funding included Uplyme Pre-School, Lyme Kid’s Club and Lyme’s Little Rascals.

Some of the funds were also kept back to host an Christmas party for the under 5s, if coronavirus restrictions will allow.

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