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Blues Pre-School marks 40th anniversary with action-packed summer fair

Blues Pre-School Nursery – which this year celebrates its 40th anniversary – marked the milestone by inviting families from the past four decades, as well as current children and parents, to its summer fair.

The pre-school, rated ‘good’ by Ofsted, is based in the grounds of The Bishop’s Stortford High School (TBSHS). It takes its name from its birthplace, having been founded in 1979 at Bishop’s Stortford Football Club's former ground, Rhodes Avenue; Stortford's nickname is the Blues.

Around 200 people attended the 40th anniversary summer fair on Saturday (July 6).

Louisa Piercy, Blues’ finance officer, said: “Kim [Craythorne], the pre-school manager, enjoyed chatting to lots of past Blues families who came along especially for our celebration. Many of these families have brought their own children and grandchildren to Blues since their time at the pre-school.

“The family who won our top raffle prize of £250 of Center Parcs vouchers were a Blues family around the time of our move to the boys’ high site from the old football club and actually helped with the building and fit-out of the cabin we currently occupy. It felt nice that they won in the raffle.”

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Children at the fair were able to burn off energy by playing on inflatables, while Jungle Music entertained the tots with singing and dancing sessions throughout the afternoon.

Visitors enjoyed traditional fair games. A sand art activity and glitter face painting station were particularly popular.

Louisa said: “We raised around £1,100, which is probably a record for a Blues fundraiser. We're grateful for the support of everyone who came and the local businesses who sponsored our stalls.”

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