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Dear Bishop Declan

The Holy Rood Playgroup in Swindon has had some very upsetting news from the Clifton Diocese. The lease expired on 31st March 2010 and the Diocese has agreed to extend the lease for only one academic year taking us to July 2011, after which we shall be evicted. The current cabin is structurally unsound and the playgroup had hoped to replace it with a larger, more modern cabin, utilising some of the green space outside the Hut for a play area, without seeking financial assistance from the Diocese. The Diocese has rejected this plan. Considering how long the Playgroup has existed within this community, the lack of support from the Diocese on a local and diocesan level is hard to comprehend. The Playgroup is part of the Holy Rood community and it works with the the schools and with the local people.

I support the Playgroup in their efforts to remain in their current location and to continue to provide an invaluable service to parents and young children of the Holy Rood community as they have done for almost 30 years. I am astounded that such a decision could be taken when the Catholic church should be helping families to feel welcome and involved in their community rather than putting barriers in their way and barriers in the way of young children and their right to an early years education. I recognise that the Playgroup operates independently on a day to day basis but would have expected the Diocese to demonstrate some responsibility towards this Playgroup, having seen the need for a Playgroup all those years ago and retained it within the community where it has served the catholic community faithfully within the Holy Rood parish.

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