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5 August 2002
It is certainly not a case of 'all work and no play' at Weston Voluntary Nursery in Great Ashby, because now, thanks to innovative housebuilder, Copthorn Homes, the totally self-funded nursery in Maiden Street is the lucky recipient of a selection of outdoor play equipment.
Copthorn Homes, which already provided sponsored nursery places as part of its support of the nursery, based close to the housebuilder's Brooches Mead development at Great Ashby, Stevenage, funded a colourful wooden climbing frame fitted with a slide, bridge and rope ladder together with safety matting.
"Play is such a vital part of learning," confirmed Neil Armstrong, Marketing Director for Copthorn Homes. "The nursery is at the heart of the local community here and it is totally self-funded, which means it relies upon support from organisations such as ours, so we are more than delighted to do something positive to help the youngest members of our community."
The Weston Voluntary Nursery, which was established in 1995, was originally partly funded by the Local Education Authority. However, as a result of Hertfordshire's commitment to providing free nursery places to all four year olds, the nursery now relies upon voluntary contributions and the intervention of forward-thinking local sponsors such as Copthorn Homes:
"We are very grateful to the continued support of Copthorn Homes," confirmed Ruth Prime, a Parent Helper at the nursery who first brought the nursery to the attention of Copthorn Homes.
The latest homes at Brooches Mead feature sophisticated, open-plan ground floor layouts and conservatories, all of which further enhance natural light. Internally, homes on the new phase are ideal for entertaining as they have plenty of flexible living space. Some homes feature en-suite bathrooms built above the double-length garage, dressing areas with mirror-fronted wardrobes, and staircases that lead from the dressing area to a ground floor 'retreat' or 'sitting area'. Kitchens will be fitted with a choice of units, colours and finishes, depending upon the stage of construction when each home is reserved.
Great Ashby is perfect for all types of buyer, from young couples, to large families. The area's close proximity to excellent communication links - the A1(M) is close at hand and the M25 is approximately 18 miles away - making it perfect for commuters. Stevenage also has a BR station with direct services to Peterborough, Leeds, York, Newcastle and Edinburgh. Central London is also easily accessed as Kings Cross station is approximately 20 minutes away by rail.
Entertainment and leisure facilities in the area are second to none, with a 500 seat theatre, retail and leisure park including ten-pin bowling facilities and plenty of opportunities for sporting activities. There are also excellent shops and amenities virtually on the doorstep in Stevenage.
Prices for the final phase of Brooches Mead start from approximately £250,000 for four bedroom homes that are currently available. Two and three bedroom homes will be released later in the year.
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Information correct as at 05/08/2002