A sure start for new children’s centre

IT was a birthday to remember for young Jamie Gurney.

As well as turning three on Thursday, the toddler was chosen to cut a cake to mark the launch of a new children’s centre which will serve three Times Territory villages.

Organisers, councillors, parents and youngsters all descended on Barleyfields Children’s Centre, at Woolmer Green Village Hall, as the centre was officially declared open.

Part of the Government’s Sure Start scheme, Barleyfields will offer information and access to services for families with children under the age of five living in Knebworth, Woolmer Green, Oaklands and surrounding rural areas.

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County councillor David Hewitt, deputy executive member for children’s services, conducted the opening ceremony and helped cut the ribbon with Sienna Flowerday.

Cllr Hewitt said: “As a county council we’re so proud and pleased to get 82 centres designated in Hertfordshire – one for every community – as there are many other councils that haven’t done this.

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“These centres are making such a difference and we’re making sure these services reach those people in the area who most need what they offer.”

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