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Do you remember Pestalozzi? Don’t forget – if you live in the south-east of the UK – that on Monday evening 4th February on BBC One TV from 7:30pm (UK time) is “Inside Out – south-east”.

It will include a ten-minute feature about the Pestalozzi Village in Sedlescombe by presenter Ellie Crisell. Ellie interviews final year students, along with four of the original European children – William, Sonja, Yogi and Leonard (all just a little older now!). Also, there will be a look back at the Panorama program from 1960 when Richard Dimbleby visited Pestalozzi at Christmas-time.

Importantly, this will be a nostalgic review before the community closes its doors at the Oaklands estate later this year (Plans are in place for the Pestalozzi Internatinional Village Trust to continue its operations in a revised format).

Once the program has been broadcast, it will be available online for 30 days. We will include a weblink to the BBC page here.

Let us know what you think of it!

Don’t forget – you can find us on Facebook, too – @earlypestalozzichildrenproject


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.

Pestalozzi 2019 – 60 years in Sedlescombe!

It’s almost time for a celebration!

On Saturday, 15thAugust, 1959, the first child arrived at the Pestalozzi Children’s Village in Sedlescombe, East Sussex. 2019 will be the sixtieth anniversary of that event – the beginning of a Pestalozzi presence in the UK.

As a result, this small beginning has spread across the world, sending its wards to numerous nations around the world. Additionally, spin-off Pestalozzi communities are gradually developing in more countries, giving previously unimagined opportunities to very bright children living without the hope of qualification or any academic future.

The Early Pestalozzi Children Project is in discussions with the Pestalozzi International Village Trust to encourage celebration at Sedlescombe, in June 2019, of the nearly sixty years since this moment.  Our plan is to engage as many as possible of all the former Pestalozzi children and students – who either lived at Sedlescombe or with one of the other associated organisations.

A celebration across the world

We also realise that many of the hundreds of our ex-Pests around the world will be unable to make it to the UK.  We want you to celebrate too! We’d love everyone to salute their memories of a unique period in their lives.

Can you organise or support a Pestalozzi gathering in your country – or in your local area, town or village – next year? We’d love to know that you will be able to get together! It doesn’t have to be elaborate! Just people gathering, remembering and celebrating.

Share with those visiting Sedlescombe!

We also want to share your local event at Sedlescombe when we meet here. Think about sending us a short video clip or some photos – along with some memories of what made Pestalozzi special. Let us know what you’re doing now! We want everyone to be involved – wherever you are. If the time is right, we could even have a video link-up!

Are you on your own, somewhere in the world?  No way of linking up with other ex-Pests?  No worries – around the planned time, just send us a photo and message or short video of you celebrating what Pestalozzi has meant to you.  We will see that your contribution is included!

It doesn’t matter if you were at Pestalozzi in care or as an academic student. If you are ex-Pestalozzi Children’s Village, ex- PIVT, ex-Pestalozzi World – or any of the organisations with a link to our home in Sedlescombe, then let us know. We want you to have the chance to acknowledge your appreciation for the community that you lived in.  If you are currently living in one of these Pestalozzi communities, you are every bit as welcome!

As you may know, Pestalozzi will cease its presence in Sedlescombe after the current academic year (2018/2019).  This is an utterly sad moment for us – but it must not stop celebration of the positive memories of worthwhile opportunities and the friendships made.

Keep in touch!

We will let you know more of the plans as they develop. Do let us know what you think – and how you might be involved.

Finally, if you are an ex-staff member or supporter, we’re keen to hear from you, too. People who have worked with us or have supported us are important as well. Your memories will an important  element in remembering our story.

If you have any questions,
get in touch at 
or on our contact page

Watch this space (and our Facebook page) for more details about
#pestfest60  (this is our tag for the time being!).