St Peter's Day Nursery Opens
St Peter’s Day Nursery, South Ham Basingstoke
Mayor and Archdeacon open a new nursery in South Ham, Basingstoke
11 September 2018
A brand-new day-nursery was opened formally by the Mayor of Basingstoke & Deane, Councillor Sean Keating in the presence of the Archdeacon of Winchester, The Venerable Richard Brand, who blessed the building. It is at St Peter’s Church, Pinkerton Road in South Ham, Basingstoke and its opening roll of 27 children is already growing by word of mouth.
The purpose-built building, manufactured by Integra Buildings Ltd of Hull, lies on land owned by the Basingstoke Parochial Church Council (PCC). It houses St Peter’s Day Nursery, operated by a local provider, Timbers and Lychpit Limited, with capacity for full day care in up to 40 places for 0 – 5-year olds.
The decision to create the new day nursery was taken by the PCC in response to the Hampshire County Council’s identification of a need for this child care facility for the community in South Ham, helping to support families as they return to work. Groundwork on the site began in June of this year and finishing touches including the planting of 58 climbing shrubs that will screen the compound were completed in time for the opening. All that remains to be done, now that autumn rains have arrived is the preparation of grassed areas both within and around the nursery compound.
Part-funding of the new St Peter’s Day Nursery has been granted by Hampshire County Council, as part of the Department for Education’s programme for the delivery of Early Years education. The local Parratt trust has also granted funds while short term financial support is also being provided by the Diocese of Winchester, through its Investing for Mission Fund, by Basingstoke’s Boustead Trust, and through the PCC’s own resources. The project has cost a little less than £400,000.
Mayor of Basingstoke & Deane, Councillor Sean Keating (who is also a ward Borough Councillor) said:
“I have watched this nursery project develop in South Ham and it has been clear that it is something that has been wanted by the local community and is welcomed by its people. I wish St Peter’s Nursery every success as it continues to serve the people of South Ham”
The Archdeacon of Winchester, The Venerable Richard Brand said:
“In recent times the Church of England has acknowledged that it needs to reach out to the ‘missing generations’ of parents and their children who have had no experience of the church and its work. It is projects like St Peter’s Nursery that will help us to reconnect with young families and I commend the Parish Council and its project board for sticking with what has at times been a challenging task.”
More information is available from Mike Browning (contact via the Parish Office)