Securing almost £10,000 in Lottery funding to refurbish South Wootton pre-school’s outside play-area was a great excuse for a May Day fayre and “lots and lots of cake.”
Over 300 people joined the bank holiday Monday festivities which included South Wootton’s very own bake-off.
Jane Curtis, pre-school manager, said: “It was a great success. The day was really good and well supported.”
Councillor David Price, chairman of South Wootton Parish Council, cut a ribbon to mark the official opening of the modernised area.
There were traditional activities to enjoy, from children’s games to craft stalls, a raffle and a hog roast. Maypole dancing by pupils and a special performance from guest visitors Kelly’s Dance Crew, King’s Lynn, followed.
But perhaps the most anticipated part of the day was a mouth-watering ‘Great Wootton Bake-Off’ judged by West Norfolk Borough Mayor, Elizabeth Watson, and two guest judges.
Twenty-nine cakes entered over the three categories: chocolate cake, won by Angela Cattermole, best decorated, which went to Tina Molyneux and a children’s entry, topped by Jessica Milnes.
Jane said: “They all ate a lot of cake. Everybody did.
“The idea was entries could be left here to sell for more funds for the pre-school.”
‘Playing it safe at South Wootton’, an apt project name considering the refurbishment work, has already seen accident prone slabs and paving replaced with an all-weather surface and a new fence secures the play area which will be expanded thanks to extra land from the parish council.
But Jane said there is more to look forward to including the delivery of a large shade so pupils can spend more time outside in the summer without having to sit directly in the sun.
Jane said: “About 30 children will be leaving us for school in September and we will have quite a lot of younger children joining us, some as young as two.”
She hopes extra money raised from the May Day fayre will help buy new equipment, including a sandpit, ahead of their arrival.
Alex Bilks, South Wootton pre-school chairwoman, said: “It means the children will have an enhanced experience every time they come into the pre-school now.”