Celebration time for Penrith Preschool Nursery after boost from Lakes and Dales Co-operative

Celebrations to mark the 50th anniversary of Penrith Preschool Nursery have received a welcome boost from Lakes and Dales Co-operative (formerly Penrith Co-operative).

Lakes and Dales Co-operative has donated vouchers to help with the 50th anniversary celebrations and will also be proudly displaying plates decorated by the preschool and nursery pupils as part of a special art competition. The plates will be on display at the Penrith Co-operative store until 9 May 2014.

As part of the 50th anniversary celebrations, the Preschool is holding an open afternoon on Saturday 10 May, with activities and games for the local community to enjoy. The lucky winner of the nursery’s plate decorating competition will also be announced at the event.

Lynda Russell from Penrith Preschool Nursery said: “We’re proud to be celebrating our 50th anniversary this year. We were originally set up in 1964 by a group of Mums in Christchurch Parish Rooms, moving to Meeting House Lane in 1979, where the preschool and toddler group has grown and flourished by providing early years education and places for children aged 16 months to four years, for families throughout Eden and the surrounding area.

“To celebrate this milestone, the nursery is holding a decorate a plate competition, an open day and a coffee afternoon on Saturday 10 May from 1pm to 4pm at the nursery, with games, face painting, nail art and Irwin the Entertainer at 2pm. The staff and community would love to see faces old and new to catch up with old friends and make new ones. Thank you to Lakes and Dales Co-operative for supporting our event.”

Katie Kipling, Membership and Community Officer for Lakes and Dales Co-operative said: “We are delighted to be supporting the Penrith Preschool Nursery with this donation and we are looking forward to seeing all of the children’s lovely plates on display at the Penrith Co-operative store. We’d like to say congratulations to Penrith Preschool on their 50th anniversary and we can’t wait to help them celebrate this special milestone.”

Lakes and Dales Co-operative is the new trading name for Penrith Co-operative, following the merger with Scotmid Co-operative Society. There are nine Lakes and Dales Co-operative stores in the Eden Valley and Lake Districts in Cumbria, and the Weardale Valley in County Durham.

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