Travis Perkins staff to the rescue

Published:  14 August, 2009

BICESTER: A playgroup faced with closure after its building was condemned has been rescued with support from local builders and merchants.

Rainbow Playgroup needed urgent repairs to its a 30-year-old portable building in Hendon Place.

Local builder Ted Owen offered to do the work free and persuaded local Travis Perkins depot manager, Mark Davis to help. 

Mr Davis said: "Staff greed to donate their time to help with the repairs. Rainbow Playgroup was told the building was basically going to be condemned if they did not do a certain amount of work on it in the next seven weeks."

"We will do what we can and supply what we can to get the playgroup up and running," MrDavis said.

Ted Owen, partner in building firm SE Owen, whose wife Kay works as a playgroup assistant at Rainbow, said Oxfordshire County Council gave the playgroup a list of work that had to be done or face closure.

Mr Owen said: "The community spirit has been fantastic. Labour alone for the work would have cost about £2000."

The playgroup is still looking for people to volunteer their time and help with the building work. Call Mrs Edwards on 07969 453903 if you can help.

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