Nursery celebrating its new home after closure worry

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A popular Newmarket nursery which feared it might have to close when its premises were put up for sale, is celebrating finding a new home in the town centre.

The A1 Fun Club, which has been based in what was once The Mount pub in Mill Hill for 13 years, will be moving to the former Foley House youth club premises in Wellington Street later this year. And the new premises will mean it can double its capacity providing a much needed 20 extra nursery places for town families.

‘We are looking forward to the start of a new chapter for the A1 Fun Club’

The relocation has come about through the decision by the Ipswich-based Ormiston Families organisation to sell the nursery’s current base.

Nursery manager Jodie Matthews said: “When we first heard about the plans to sell the building we were really worried as we had nowhere to go. But Suffolk County Council was really supportive and said we could have the Foley House site which turned a real negative into a positive.”

The former youth club building has been empty for some years and needs extensive refurbishment but the nursery has got an extension on its current lease until the end of October so the work can be done ready for the relocation.

“It’s a fantastic site and we will have two rooms meaning we can take up to 40 children but still providing the family feel that our parents love,” said Jodie. “We plan to continue with the same opening hours, 6.30am to 6pm and we are looking forward to the start of a new chapter for the A1 Fun Club.”

Graham Ball, director of fundraising and communications at Ormiston Families said: “Following the decision to sell our Newmarket property, which is currently leased by the A1 Fun Club, we have been working closely with the proprietors of the Fun Club to ensure our sale is co-ordinated to enable a continuation of the club in the Newmarket area. “We understand the Fun Club has found new premises and we wish them all continuing success in the future.”