Playgroup looks to new start after youth club


New beginnings are in the air for Spring Playgroup who will leave their home after long running disputes over lease agreements for the club.

The town playgroup and education base has been run from The Kenilworth Centre in Abbey End for the past five years.

But trustees at the youth centre said the lease will end in July after the two groups “failed to agree a mutually acceptable basis for the future”.

John Whitehouse, chair of trustees said: “We shall be sorry to see Spring Playgroup leave, as they have been an important user of the centre and a very visible presence.

“Unfortunately, however, they can no longer afford to pay an economic rent for the amount they use the centre, and as an independent charity the centre cannot afford to subsidise them.”

Trustee and playgroup supervisor Jackie Cross explained that while sad to leave, they are “very excited” at a new location which can be revealed later this month.

She explained that one major set back at the centre was lack of overnight storage space - something which they hope to avoid at the new premises.

“Although it’s been great to use the facilities at the Kenilworth Centre, we need to pack away every evening, which is draining for our staff and volunteers and isn’t good for the equipment,” she said.

“There is the possibility we may be able to offer longer sessions, including care for children during school holidays.

“This is something we have hoped to explore for some time but which wasn’t an option at the Kenilworth Centre.”

The group is the only one in Warwickshire which offers free care for children.

Anyone who is able to help set up the new group over the summer can contact the team on 864443 or

It will be replaced at the centre by Weave Recycle - a training provider which uses art exhibitions and whose staff are “excited” by the move.