Collaton St Mary village lies a couple of miles West of Paignton, Devon, in the South-West of England. The village sits on either side of the main road between Paignton and Totnes and you can find it on this Google® map, or see a great aerial photo from Bing®.
Collaton St Mary has a long history and boasts a fine church, and an active local community.
Adjacent to the church is the Parish Rooms building, shared by the community and forming a permanent home for Collaton St Mary Preschool Playgroup and a number of local clubs, societies and classes. The building is available for hire for a variety of different kinds of event. Opposite the Parish Rooms and Church is Collaton St Mary Primary School. The original school building was converted to a domestic dwelling in 2001, with a new school building now located on the former school field.
So many memories were recalled at the weekend during the Open Day on Saturday 22nd September, and Cream Tea which followed a Centenary Celebration Service in Collaton St Mary Parish Church on Sunday 23rd.
Amongst the many community events, stage shows, the Social Club, Skittle Team, Horticultural Shows, Whist Drives, wedding receptions, family parties, children parties and school days, all were recalled with laughter and tears!
Having provided the community of Collaton St Mary with a functional village hall for nearly 100 years, a re-roofing project was desperately needed to ensure that the building could remain open, and safely continue to provide facilities for the Playgroup, Toddler Group and various recreational, educational, health and fitness, horticultural and community programmes for ages 0 – 90 years, in addition to private receptions and parties, and still remain in the heart of the village.
Collaton St Mary Playgroup celebrated their 20th anniversary with a garden party. They were joined by past and present children, their families and many friends from the local community.