Vale: Tom Alexander

We are sad to announce the recent death of Tom Alexander, younger son of the late Dr Henry Alexander, co-founder of the Pestalozzi Children’s Village in Sedlescombe, East Sussex.

As a young man, Tom visited the Village during its earliest days and became a friend of the community. He is fondly remembered as being someone who took a sincere and encouraging interest in the children’s lives. Tom’s passing is sadly noted but his connection with us remains a bright point in our memories.

Tom’s funeral will take place at St Luke’s Church, 30 Eardley Rd, Sevenoaks, Kent TN13 1XT  at 12.00 noon on Tuesday, 1st April 2014.

Tom’s family have requested that, instead of floral tributes, donations may be made to one of the following charities which were helpful to both Tom and his family during his illness  (please click on the links to discover more):

Anyone wishing to obtain contact details to send condolence cards, please email us, in the first instance here.

Project To Present Paper At July OHS Conference

The Early Pestalozzi Children Project LogoThe Early Pestalozzi Children Project has been invited to present a paper at the Oral History Society annual conference in Manchester on 18/19 July this year!

OHS ICONTitled “Community Voices – Oral History On The Ground”, the conference will be an exciting opportunity for us: both to let others know about about our initial efforts and to learn from those engaged in similar enterprises. To learn more about the conference, click here.

Welcome to our upgraded website !!

We’re very excited to present our revised Project website – you will find there is much more information, telling our story, which is sorted into logical sections.  It’s also a cleaner, crisper style –  we hope you find it easy to read.

We are indebted to the generous contribution of Penny Jones of Outerbridge Ltd (, a specialist WordPress website developer who has given her time (and patience!) to help us create our new presence.

As much as there is already a lot more on display here than before, there is still a lot more to be included – and there is still far more to be recovered.  We will keep you informed of our discoveries and also how the promotion of this project is going.  Read the other posts here to see what’s already happening! Keep coming back to see what’s been added.

Each page you read here may well remind you of some information you have: a story you recall or a photograph you possess.  Please do use the contact links to let us know of your potentially valuable contribution.

And, finally, do let us know what you think: about this website; about the project; about the results.

If you can help us at all, contact us via this link !