SETTLE-based Freda’s Playgroup and Pre-School is on the move.

The facility recently had plans passed for a purpose-built nursery and pre-school, close to its present site in the Old Middle School building

Formerly known as Marshfield Playgroup it has been providing child care to the local community for over 50 years. The new premises will come with a 50-year lease.

Trustees, staff and parents are busy fund raising to reach the £200,000 price of the new build. So far just over £35,000 has been raised. Fundraising efforts have been severely hampered by coronavirus meaning many doors have been closed to them.

A Just Giving page has been opened in the hope the local community and supporters from further afield can pull together to support the project -

Cheques will also be accepted.These should be made payable to: ‘Freda’s Community Playgroup Savings Account’ and posted to: Freda’s Community Playgroup and Pre-School, Settle College Lower School, Settle, North Yorkshire BD24 0BU.

All fundraising events and updates of money raised can be seen on the group's Facebook page.