Middleforth Playgroup: Readers react to Penwortham playgroup closing after 48 years: ‘It was a life-saver’

Penwortham families have expressed their sadness after Middleforth Playgroup announced it is to close after nearly 50 years.

By Laura Longworth
Thursday, 19th May 2022, 4:33 pm
Updated Friday, 20th May 2022, 7:21 am

Staff revealed it was facing closure in March as only three children were registered for the coming September. The school needs 10 to 12 students to remain open.

A Justgiving appeal was even launched to help with funding, but to date, has only attracted £190.

Readers have spoken of their upset about the news on the Lancashire Post’s Facebook page, with Kathryn Sk saying: “It’s so sad - it’s part of our history.”

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Photo by Neil Cross; Middleforth Playgroup is struggling for numbers and has announced it is to close after 48 years.

Judi Selkirk thanked the playgroup for its support, adding: “I spent a lot of years taking my children and we have very happy memories.”

Meanwhile, Shirley Ingham, who met a friend there 40 years ago, said: “It’s very sad. It was a life-saver for me. I made a lot of lifelong friends at this playgroup.”

And Kay Wright commented: “I went back there today with a great grandchild to be told about it closing.”

Hazel Gregson praised the staff for creating a welcoming atmosphere, saying: “It’s so sad. The ladies there are so lovely. They have always been so friendly and helpful when I’ve visited.”

Some readers say they need childcare for longer than the playgroup can offer due to increasing work hours or changing shift patterns, with Elsie Dawn saying: “Unfortunately, families usually need 'wrap-around care' with work commitments.”

Finally, Mel Cooper said: “It's a shame. But as a working parent, it's just not feasible to send my kids there.”