2019 will be 60 years since Pestalozzi started at Sedlescombe!
We ex-Pests are keen to have an international reunion in the UK for everyone we can find – from right across the world! That’s all former Pestalozzi children/alumni (and their families), plus ex-staff and volunteers – from 1959 right up to 2019!
Are you interested in attending this reunion? We are asking you for just an indication – you are not yet making a commitment to attend. This will simply help us with our initial planning.
Obviously not everyone will be able to make it to Sedlescombe so we also want to see gatherings organised in various countries for those who can’t get to the UK. More about that later.
We hope to organise reunion dates soon – this will depend on what we can sort out with the Pestalozzi International Village Trust.
Right now we just need to know how you feel about this idea. Please let us know which of the following applies to you (tell us more, if you need to!). Also – indicate how many people would attend with you (e.g. family members).
Here are the choices:
I’m really interested and would like to attend a reunion at Sedlescombe. Including me, the number that want to attend is:
I’m really interested and would like to attend a reunion in my present country. Including me, the number that want to attend is:
I will be unable to attend any reunion next year – but please keep me informed.
I’m not interested – please do not send me any further information about the reunion.
We will get back to you with more information about dates and costs once we have an idea of the interest.
(keep an eye on our Facebook page too, for updates)
Finally, can you PLEASE share this with all the ex-Pestalozzi people you know – we need to make sure as many as possible get this message!
William will speak about the experience of being cared for at the Pestalozzi Children’s Village after an early childhood in a displaced persons’ camp in Germany during the 1950s.
The event is free and happens on Thursday evening, 11thMay, between 6:00pm and 7:00pm. (We are only involved in the session on 11thMay).
The venue is in the University’s Pavilion Parade campus: Room G7, 10-11 Pavilion Parade, Brighton, BN2 1RA.
Please do come and listen. We be delighted to see “ex-Pests” attend – and anyone else with a connection to Pestalozzi. We will both be there and would be really pleased to meet up with you for a coffee and chat afterwards, too.
For more details about the Refugee Festival, use this link.
To someone who bought a ladybird pin over half a century ago. (from someone who benefitted from that shilling)
In the late 1950s or early 1960s, you donated a shilling in exchange for a little Pestalozzi ladybird pin. It wasn’t a large amount (equivalent to about £1 in today’s money) but, along with the many tens of thousands of other donors who were prepared to give, it made a difference to me and to all of us at the Pestalozzi Children’s Village.
So, after nearly 60 years, how much of a difference has your shilling made?
Well, I was sent to the Pestalozzi Children’s Village as a 10 year-old child in 1959. From a personal perspective, Pestalozzi was a community that changed my life. It exposed me to personal relationships that I would have probably missed out on had my childhood remained as it was before. And, among other things, it assisted me to go out into the world and experience a fairly “normal” and healthy existence.
I married, had children and today I have a wonderful extended family. The affectionate and caring management of my life when I arrived at Pestalozzi contributed to my ability to care for and appreciate my own family.
So, more than half a century later, the effect of your shilling continues to impact on my life – and my children’s and my grandchildren’s lives – today.
It wasn’t just a shilling – it was a shilling. It meant something then . . . and it is still working.
Thank you for helping to make a difference.
If you remember buying a ladybird pin decades ago, let us know. Perhaps you were part of a ladybird club that raised funds for Pestalozzi – we’d love to hear from you! Click on the ladybird, below!