Nursery-age children of Royal Navy families have celebrated the launch of a near-£1million refurbishment project, to include an outdoor play area and garden, thanks to charitable funding from series of local and national organisations.
Staff and children from the Woodentots nursery gathered at their HMS Collingwood recreation area on Friday 15 July to thank those who have pledged contributions toward an ambitious programme of redevelopment works, which will start this autumn and be completed mid-2017 (subject to final funding).
At Woodentots’ ‘graduation’ ceremony, 11 children expressed their gratitude by singing songs and presenting gifts to a number of special guests, who included the Second Sea Lord Vice Admiral Jonathan Woodcock OBE and his wife Joanna, who was presented with flowers.
Mrs Woodcock, who greeted the newly qualified graduates, said: “The children were a delight. We very much enjoyed hearing about what they wanted to be when they grew up in their ‘leaving song’. It’s been a pleasure to be here and learn about the exciting future developments that are coming to Woodentots, made possible by naval charities.”
The children posed with some of the contributing organisations with cheques while a presentation, delivered by the Woodentots Parent Staff Association (WPSA), took place.