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A COMMUNITY is beginning a final push to replace a crumbling pre-school building.

People living in the Meon Valley villages of Meonstoke, Corhampton, Droxford and Exton have been working tirelessly to raise money for a new building for The Valley Preschool to replace the 30-year-old cabin the charity is currently based in.

Hampshire County Council had planned to fund a new £230,000 brick replacement but government cuts meant this was cancelled.

So a fundraising committee was formed to find an alternative and has raised £122,000. But the fundraisers are still £36,000 short.

Za Rowe, who was a governor of Meonstoke Infant School, said: ‘The pre-school is an important asset to a rural community like ours providing vital childcare for children from two-and-a-half to five-year-olds from throughout the Meon Valley.

‘It’s also an important feeder for the Meonstoke Infant School and Droxford School. That’s very important too as they were previously at risk of closure due to low attendance figures.’

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