We are sad to note the passing of Eric Bourne, the first Warden of the Pestalozzi Children’s Village in Sedlescombe, East Sussex (1959 – 1961). He died peacefully in nursing care in London on 3rd June 2014.
Eric established and managed the day-to-day care of the Village’s very first children. Inspired by his experiences with Anna Essinger at Bunce Court, Eric’s aim was to create: “. . . a substitute home, . . . a secure refuge and sanctuary to which children could look with affection and with the assurance that they would never be rejected.” *
During his brief two years leading this radical community, Eric successfully developed an environment which began to achieve that aim.
Half a century later, several of those he had cared for continued to maintain contact – a testament to the affection felt for him. Eric is remembered fondly, missed sadly and remains an important part of our lives.
*Bourne, E. (2012) "A European Life" New Romney: Bank House Books