Official opening of nursery by ‘Wendover babies’
Published on: 30 Jun 2015
A CROWD of “Wendover babies” lined up to mark the official opening of the Red Bus Nursery in Downend.
They were all born in the building when it was a maternity hospital more than 35 years ago.
The group watched as Downend councillor and vice chair of South Gloucestershire Council Kathy Morris cut the ribbon to launch the new venture.
Owner Liz Hogarth, who opened her first Red Bus Nursery in Coombe Dingle three years ago, used to live in Downend and has overseen an ambitious refurbishment of the Grade ll listed building in Downend Road.
She said: “It is a very, very proud day to see how we have been able to transform Wendover House. It is a beautiful building. We knew it, even though it was a bit dilapidated.
“It has been a great pleasure bringing it back to life for something that is going to link into the local community.”
The launch event included a Mad Hatter’s Tea Party, with some staff in splendid costumes, while senior manager Su Walter, herself a Wendover baby, entered into the spirit by sporting a dress and even tights covered in red buses.
The nursery takes children aged from three months to five and has a total of 109 places in its nursery, kindergarten and pre-school.
Further open days are planned for later in the year.