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Twizzletwig Nursery, Hindhead

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Twizzletwig Nursery, Hindhead

Hindhead, Surrey

(1946 - 1973)

At the end of the Second World War the former Twizzletwig War Nursery at Hindhead was converted to a nursery for babies and toddlers. Children were adopted from the nursery or, if this was not possible, were transferred to other Society Homes when they were four years old.

In 1962, after difficulty finding and keeping trained staff due to the lack of accommodation, a staff house was built in the grounds of the nursery. The house was dedicated by Revd B M Dale, the assistant Bishop of Guildford. In the downstairs of the house was a flat for the Nursery Matron whilst the upstairs was used by four nursery nurses.

The nursery was closed in 1973 due to the lessening demand for long term residential care. However, the nursery was able to continue for three years longer than anticipated and enabling the nursery nurses to complete their training. The Society felt that with the high cost of residential care it would have been uneconomic to run the nursery with half the places vacant when the money could be better used to help children in their own homes, or in foster homes. The building was reopened in 1975 and used as a Family Centre.

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