End of an era as Potters Bar playgroup closes

A PLAYGROUP which has served Potters Bar for the last 50 years has closed following the retirement of its long-serving leader. Carol Richardson stepped down as head of the Rainbow Nursery Playgroup on Friday last week after 17 years in the role.

A PLAYGROUP which has served Potters Bar for the last 50 years has closed following the retirement of its long-serving leader.

Carol Richardson stepped down as head of the Rainbow Nursery Playgroup on Friday last week after 17 years in the role.

And to mark the occasion, staff staged a surprise party at the playgroup, in Potters Bar Baptist Church, Barnet Road.

A number of people who attended the playgroup in the past came along to say their goodbyes, along with former playgroup leader Chris Wheeler.


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Speaking about the event, Carol, 63, said: "It was a bit emotional because I have been there since 1992."

But the mum-of-two has no plans to retire completely. She said: "I will be looking after my grandchildren and generally helping people."

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Deputy leader Angie James said the closure of the playgroup was the "end of an era".

She described the party as "really special," and added: "I hope that it gave Carol a good send-off.

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