Gosport nursery celebrates as it moves to new home

Happy Days' new nursery at the Gadsad centre in Gosport
Happy Days' new nursery at the Gadsad centre in Gosport
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  • Happy Days nursery has secured a new home
  • Previous residence at St Thomas Church Hall in Gosport was closed due to concerns over structural damage
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A NURSERY which was forced to find a new home after its previous building was deemed potentially dangerous has opened its doors again.

Happy Days nursery secured a new home at the recently refurbished Gosport and District Sports Associations for Disabled (Gadsad) centre.

It’s fantastic for the parents because they haven’t had to move their children around too much. They have been so supportive

Sandra Dugan, manager

The pre-school was facing the prospect of closure after its old site at St Thomas Church Hall, in Elson, Gosport, was closed when church officials stated it could become dangerous.

But now children, parents and teachers at Happy Days are celebrating as they move into their new base, which is just around the corner, off Elson Road.

Manager Sandra Dugan said: ‘It’s fantastic for the parents because they haven’t had to move their children around too much. They have been so supportive.

‘It was difficult finding the property – I spent so much time off work trying to find somewhere and there is so little in the are. Then I decided to check in with the Gadsad centre. There’s such a good atmosphere to the place.

‘Everything we have fits in and it looks incredible – there is this real community feel to the place already.’

In July, the church advised the pre-school and various other users of the hall to vacate the property. It has since had someone to look at the structural damage of the building.

Ms Dugan added: ‘The move has saved our jobs and families haven’t had to relocate too far so we are pleased about moving in. It’s fantastic for everyone connected to the nursery because they have been so supportive.

‘They have helped move stuff between the two sites and we couldn’t have done it without them.’

The Gadsad centre has only just re-opened three years after it was burnt down.

It is now restored and Gadsad chairman Mick Hollis is pleased to see the site welcoming groups.

He said: ‘It was a very easy decision and we are so happy to have Happy Days here with us. We are welcoming the Guides back here and have also made room for three extra Scout troops. But we couldn’t accommodate everyone, so we had to make sure the groups here had that special community feel.’