A PLUMBRIDGE business which was completely destroyed during a freak flood last year recently celebrated the official opening of its new premises.
Jack and Jill Community Playgroup, which was set by Yvonne McGlinchey over 30 years ago, is the only childcare facility in the close-knit village.
Following the unprecedented flooding that hit the north west in August 2017 the playgroup’s original premises was wiped out, causing thousands of pounds worth of damage.
Fast forward 15 months and the future is bright for the rural business which is very much at the heart of the local community.
John Boyle, the Mayor of Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council visited the premises to perform the official opening.
Bronagh Kearney, chairperson of the playgroup said the development of the new premises has been fantastic for the whole community.
“A lot of hard work has gone in to get us where we are today,” she said.
“The council has been so good to us, without their support and commitment to ensuring the playgroup continued the
village would have been made to do without.
“They pushed through the Village Renewal Scheme and secured us a site not even 500 metres away from our original premises. They really did whatever they could to help us.”
Bronagh added, “Currently we have a prefab unit which is perfect for what we need. The new site is even better than before – we now have onsite parking for parents and we will have easy access to the MUGA pitch.
“We are still working on the play area for the children and we hope to have that completed in the very near future.”
Bronagh extended her thanks to the entire community of Plumbridge and surrounding areas for all their support.
“I have to thank Glennelly House for offering us their premises in the aftermath of the floods,” said Bronagh.
“Had we not secured that temporary accommodation so quickly there is no doubt Plumbridge would not have a playgroup today.”
Nicola Bradley vice chairperson for the playgroup, who also has a child attending the facility, said the playgroup is a vital asset.
“In Plumbridge, Cranagh and surrounding areas there is nothing like this for young children so this playgroup really means a lot to these communities and the support it received following the floods is a testament to them.”