Woodlands pre-school at Antingham and Southrepps wins £200 chippy prize to boost its fundraising

Chip shop owners David and Paula Audley present a £200 voucher to children at Woodlands pre-school i

Chip shop owners David and Paula Audley present a £200 voucher to children at Woodlands pre-school in Southrepps.Picture by SIMON FINLAY. - Credit: Archant Norfolk

A pre-school has plenty to be 'chipper' about after winning a prize that will boost its fundraising.

Woodlands is based in the grounds of Antingham and Southrepps Primary School.

It was voted the winner of a North Norfolk News competition to find a deserving cause to win £200 worth of food from the Three Cottages restaurant and takeaway at North Walsham.

And it could not have come at a better time for the pre-school, which is battling back from a tough time over the New Year.

Manager Dawn Douglas said: 'We had a drop off in pupil numbers took a dip last year when children went on to primary school and there were not many to replace them.'

There were concerns about the future of the pre-school at one stage, but finances, and the mood are now on the up.

'It was a temporary blip, but we had to get a sustainability grant from the county council to see us through a difficult time.

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'Since then our fundraising committee has been doing a great job with events such as bingo, darts and raffles - and we are thrilled to win this prize which will help us generate more funds.'

The pre-school aimed to use the option of vouchers for a string of upcoming events, starting with an Easter bingo on March 27, and including a ceilidh barn dance later in the year.

Woodlands currently has 17 children aged two to four.

It is based in a portable building on the school site, with its own outdoor area, climbing frame and fun boat.

Mrs Douglas added: 'We are thrilled to have won, and grateful to everyone who voted for us and helped us keep going.'

David Audley, owner of the Three Cottages chippy on Bacton Road, visited the school this week to celebrate its win.

He said: 'We are very pleased a local organisation was able to take up our offer, thanks to the News readers who voted.

'We are looking forward to discussing with Woodlands how they can make best use of their prize to raise more funds.'

Find out more about Woodlands preschool by calling 01263 834148, emailing info@woodlandspreschool.org.uk or visiting the website www.woodlandspreschool.org.uk

Is your organisation in need of help or publicity? Contact the News by emailing nnn.news@archant.co.uk or phone the newsline on 01263 513732.

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