Hub is home to new nursery school

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The sound of children’s singing and laughter can now be heard at The Hub at St Michael & All Angels Church in Willingdon Road, Eastbourne, following the opening of a children’s nursery.

The Montessori nursery, which is a system of education that seeks to develop natural interests and activities rather than use formal teaching methods, was able to set up a base at The Hub after Upperton ward councillors paid for secure fencing to enclose the garden.

Councillors Margaret Robinson, Pat Rodohan and Sammy Choudhury were able to fund the £1,260 needed through the Devolved Budget - money which is set aside for community causes.

Councillor Robinson said: “I was pleased to meet staff and children from the Montessori and to see how the grant had been spent. The Hub is in a lovely setting, away from the main road, and the children have plenty of space to run around and play safely.”

The Montessori now runs sessions daily and is growing in popularity, with 24 children already on the roll, and a few more places are available. 

Father David Weaver, who is the priest at St Michael & All Angels Church, said: “We were delighted that the councillors agreed to fund the new fence as it’s enabled us to have a nursery on the site. It’s lovely to see and hear the children enjoying their environment and they can really get involved with nature as there are birds, squirrels and other creatures roaming around The Hub’s garden.”

The Hub operates as a nursery during the week but the building is also available for community hire in the evening and at weekends. For more information, please contact Penny on 0774 575 9457 (leave a message) or e-mail

Published on December 15th, 2017