THERE was added cause for celebration at a Tupsley nursery's Summer Fayre as their new premises were officially opened.

The ribbon was cut at Bright Sparks Nursery by the Mayor of Hereford, Councillor Kath Hey at the July 19 event to celebrate its move to new premises at the start of the year.

The Ofsted 'outstanding' rated nursery has been offering early years education to children aged from 18 months to 5 years in the Tupsley area for nearly 40 years.

It previously occupied the former Broadlands Primary School building, but investment from Herefordshire Council has enabled the nursery to move to new modern premises just yards away on the Aylestone High School site.

The newly refurbished nursery building is equipped with a large classroom and numerous safe outside play areas for children to explore and enjoy.

The former nursery building at Broadlands is set to be demolished to make way for Beacon College, as part of a project managed by the Education and Skills Funding Agency, working with the Barrs Court Trust and Herefordshire Council.

The new college will be a special school for 16 to 19 year olds, with a variety of needs.

Bright Sparks manager Kate Shepherd said: “The new premises are a fantastic success and we’re delighted that we’ve only moved a short distance from our previous premises, which means that we’ve been able to welcome back our existing families and attract new ones. "We are also now able to offer childcare outside of school term times.

“I would like to thank all of the team at Bright Sparks for their support during the move."

Councillor Felicity Norman, Cabinet Member for Children and Families said: “We are extremely grateful to everyone involved in this project who have enabled the nursery to move to the refurbished site, including Aylestone School who have been so helpful in making this happen."