THE gates closed for the final time at a school in Chard last Friday (July 15).

Honeycomb Nursery School had been owned and run for 27 years by Penny Kilbrid

Over the years, well over 500 young children from Chard and surrounding villages had been prepared by dedicated staff for entry into one of the several local primary schools.

But the closing moments did not pass off quietly.

Current parents and grandparents were treated to a 'Honeycomb's Got Talent' show from the leavers.

In the afternoon more than 100 past Honeycombers visited a garden display exhibiting a history of the school and to thank Penny and her staff for their dedication and care shown to their children.

In turn, Penny took the opportunity to thank all those who have supported Honeycomb in the last 27 years - pupils, parents, students and staff.

Former staff member, Ali Warren and current deputy manager Banah Crook both paid tribute to the contribution that Honeycomb has made to the Chard community.

In her farewell speech, Banah said: "This gathering of past pupils and families shows the fruits of the seeds that were nurtured in this child-centred and unique place."