Tots at the Davenham Baby and Toddler Group are playing happy families thanks to the donation of a new £500 playhouse from housebuilder Bellway Homes.

Held at Davenham Methodist Church on Firth Fields every Monday, Tuesday and Thursday between 10am and 11.30am, the busy baby and toddler group is popular with parents and childminders in the semi-rural Cheshire village and is just a short distance away from Bellway’s beautiful Wilding’s Croft development in Fountain Lane.

One of the best-loved toys by children of all ages, the group’s old playhouse had been enjoyed for many years and was in need of replacement.

Bellway stepped in, covering the cost of a new wooden playhouse that now has pride of place in the outside space.

Sarah Thomas, Davenham Baby and Toddler Group manager, said: “We are extremely grateful to Bellway Homes for covering the cost of a new playhouse for us. It really is one of the children’s favourite toys and it’s great to see them using their imaginations and playing creatively in the fresh air whatever the weather.”

To mark the donation, the children enjoyed a special visit from ‘Bob the Builder’ when site manager Maurice Lynch and sales advisor Kerry Fletcher dropped in to see the playhouse in use during one of the group’s weekly sessions.

Maurice said: “We actively look to support the communities in which we build, and when we heard the group was looking for a new playhouse we knew it would be the perfect contribution from us. I’m sure some of our new residents at Wildings Croft will have little ones in this group, so it’s good to know that we’re able to make a difference for our customers.”