Sale of Equipment:   Monday 17th February       2.30 to 3.30  in the Church Hall.   All Welcome. 

 St Matthew's Preschool  closed on 14th February 2020






Unfortunately, the Preschool has been struggling financially for some time including the necessity for redundancies last year. This situation has been caused by the considerable drop in the birth rate and other changes in the local population reducing numbers of children, and this is a long term factor. This has been combined with the need for a large number of staff to cover the buildings and the fact that many parents are requiring longer hours of child care and therefore not choosing to use the preschool model. This means that the Preschool has been supported financially heavily by the church for some time. The Preschool has been operating since 1973 and many children have benefited from the care and support given by many staff. So it was with great reluctance and after much discussion and consultation that the Parochial Church Council of St Matthew's Church have taken the very difficult decision to close the Preschool.