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Leader “delighted” to see pre-school in permanent home following grant from Test Valley Borough Council

The Leader of Test Valley Borough Council says he is “delighted” to see Little Fingers Pre-school in Vernham Dean in their permanent home, after they were able to purchase the building they were previously renting.

Cllr Phil North visited the former Gospel Hall site, which was secured partly thanks to a grant from TVBC.

When the building was put up for sale, the pre-school had first refusal to buy the premises.

However, there was a risk that they may not be able to continue there due to funding.

As a registered charity, they were encouraged to apply for a Community Asset Fund Grant and they were awarded with £25,000.

Councillor North says this gave the team the confidence to apply for more funding to help secure their future.

The pre-school then received an email from the Conholt Park Estate saying they would like to donate the money needed for them to purchase the building.

Leader of Test Valley Borough Council, Cllr Phil North said:

“I was delighted to visit Little Fingers Pre-school to celebrate their recent purchase of the former Gospel Hall. It’s so important for the sustainability and vibrancy of our rural communities that facilities like this are protected and supported - ensuring the villages of the Bourne Valley are a welcoming place for young families.

“The most heart-warming part of my visit was meeting a little girl from Ukraine, who is currently residing in one of the neighbouring villages. Having fled the war in April, she now speaks perfect English following her interactions with fellow pupils at the school.

“I must say a huge congratulations to the Chairman of Trustees, Carolyn and Pre-school Manager, Leanne for all they do supporting the families of Bourne Valley.”

Not-for-profit, charitable community groups and organisations can apply to the Community Asset Fund for a grant of up to £25,000 for community projects.

More information and how to apply can be found by visiting