Our Outstanding Volunteer

by rosie.keed, Monday, June 15th, 2015

Huge congratulations to Ann Grey who, on Tuesday 21st April, won the runner up prize in the Preschool Learning Alliance’s regional award for Outstanding Volunteers in an Early Years Setting. Ann’s commitment to Leafield Preschool has spanned over 42 years. She was instrumental in setting up the Playgroup in 1973 and volunteered for many years.
The playgroup wound its way round many locations in the village; from the Old Village Hall, the Primary School (where Ann became a paid member of staff), and the Old Chapel. In 1996 Ann spearheaded a campaign to for Pre-school to have its own dedicated building at the rear of the village hall and managed the effort to raise the funds to build it. Ann gave her own time to organise meetings, assemble the workforce and co-ordinate the lease of the building. Ann’s family all assisted with the
decorating and preparing the room for Pre-school to use. Once complete Ann continued to work for Pre-school until 2008 when she retired. Since 2008 Ann has helped at the Preschool 4 mornings per week. She is enormously popular with the children, staff and parents (although the children are sometimes confused to see her working in the shop at the weekends!). Ann has been at the centre of Pre-school since its inception, she is truly inspirational and richly deserves recognition for her outstanding contribution to this cherished community facility.

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