60 years of children & students

Saturday, 29th June 2019 has been designated as the date for the 60th anniversary, ex-Pestalozzi reunion on the Oaklands estate in Sedlescombe.

The Pestalozzi International Village Trust have agreed to the event being held during their celebration of the charity’s past, present and future during 27th – 30th June. The reunion is being coordinated by William Eiduks and Len Clarke (both “ex-Pests” and organisers of the Early Pestalozzi Children Project).

A reunion for all

The reunion is aimed at all ex-Pests and their families – those of us who lived there in care and those of us who lived there during their two-year academic course. Everyone from 1959 right up to today!

From our first ladybird . . .

We also want to connect with the people who made Pestalozzi happen: the former staff, volunteers and supporters, too! If you are an old school friend of one of us – get in touch as well.

. . . to the latest

It will be the last opportunity to gather as a community at Oaklands because the Pestalozzi International Village Trust will be closing its doors and selling the estate before moving on with a redesigned purpose.

For those who can’t make it – we have plans to include you as well! We want everyone to feel involved – even if you’re on the other side of the world! Look out for further information being displayed here very shortly.

What’s planned

The full day and evening will be given over to the gathering and will include some historical displays and informal discussions. It will be an opportunity to meet old friends and recall an important part of your early lives. It will also be an exciting chance to hear what has happened to everyone. The day will be typically Pestalozzi – fun and uncomplicated.

We are working on calculating costs – and we will do our best to keep any levy to a minimum. Again, we will get this information to you as quickly as possible.

Get in touch! (& spread the word quickly!)

There is a lot to be arranged – and we will ask for some assistance. Importantly, we need to get this message out to the hundreds of us that live around the world. (We did start promoting this a couple of months or so ago). Please, please, do spread this around via your social media resources and any other means to all your Pestalozzi contacts – it will help!

To contact us about attending – or anything personal to do with the reunion, please use our dedicated email: .

Alternatively, go to our Contact Page for other ways of contacting us.

Because we don’t know everyone’s details, it would be valuable to us if you can include your nationality, years at Pestalozzi and your current location in the world. A very brief bio would also be helpful.