Radcliffe’s pre-school playgroup marked its 50th birthday with a free community family fun day at the British Legion Hall and Gardens.
It attracted over 300 people from the local community, with a wonderful mix of current playgroup staff, children, previous staff, committee members and attendees.
Geraldine Mills, its original founder, opened the event and she recounted tales of the early days at the Radcliffe-on-Trent Boys Brigade Hall in 1965 where it all began.
Free tea, coffee and cake were eaten in abundance, whilst stories were swapped and an array of old photographs and scrapbooks were looked through.
Peter Presto and Magical Movers entertained the children, along with a bouncy castle, face painting and a host of free play activities.
The sun shone from start to finish and all who attended agreed it was a fitting event to celebrate a fantastic 50 years of local childcare.
The pre-school, which is now based within the South Nottinghamshire Academy, still holds firm to its voluntary committee-run roots and is manned by an 11-strong committee of local parents.
It is a registered not-for-profit charity and works hard to provide affordable childcare for local parents.
The last 50 years have seen it grow from a small playgroup to a well-established pre-school playgroup, operating from dedicated indoor and outdoor facilities within the local secondary school and employing 15 staff.
With the current rebuild of the school under way, the pre-school will be moving to new premises within the local vicinity next year and look forward to a new and exciting adventure in the pre-school’s history.