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‘Help us save our nursery’

Manager Debbie Kilgallon at Church Rd Centre Pre-School (St Annes), with (from left) McKenzie Miller, Jamie Haylett, Luca Hepworth and Jack Thomas.

Manager Debbie Kilgallon at Church Rd Centre Pre-School (St Annes), with (from left) McKenzie Miller, Jamie Haylett, Luca Hepworth and Jack Thomas.

A pre-school which has served St Annes for more than 40 years is under threat.

Church Road pre-school staff and parents are appealing to Gazette readers to help them find a new home after finding out the hall it meets in is to be sold.

Debbie Kilgallon, Church Road pre-school manager, said: “Basically the church can’t really afford to keep the building any more so they’ve given us notice and we’ve got to vacate.

“We’re looking for somewhere else.

“We’ve been here for 40 years so obviously it’s sad, but we understand also it’s just one of those things.”

The school currently caters for 20 pre-school age children and is now searching for a suitable replacement venue.

The last classes will be held at the centre in July, and a new venue needs to be found in time for the start of the new term in September.

Debbie added: “We’re just looking for a small sort of place like a church room.

“We looked at the YMCA and the scout hut but they’re not suitable because they’ve got quite a lot of equipment in them.”

Chris Hepworth, whose daughters previously attended the school, said: “It’s a brilliant community pre-school.

“The ethos of the place is all about being inclusive so I think it’s such a shame that it’s faced with closure from September onwards.”

As reported in The Gazette in November, Church Road day centre - a group based at the hall which offers support for vulnerable elderly people, including dementia sufferers, from across the Fylde coast had to move after saying it could no longer afford to rent the building.

The centre was saved after relocating to the Clifton Dance Academy, on Clifton Drive South, in the town.

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