Trip down memory lane at Little Thetford Acorns pre-school’s 40th birthday party

Ely36 Jenny Staines cutting the cake.

Ely36 Jenny Staines cutting the cake. - Credit: Archant

Former pupils and current staff celebrated the 40th birthday of Little Thetford Acorns Pre-School with a party at the weekend.

Ely36 Gill Stracey, who ran the school from 1984-1987; Helen Lewis, Jenny Staines, Alison Bewers, an

Ely36 Gill Stracey, who ran the school from 1984-1987; Helen Lewis, Jenny Staines, Alison Bewers, and two mums who helped run the school in 1976. - Credit: Archant

Hundreds looked through photo albums, newspaper articles and shared memories together during Saturday’s event - including children who attended the school in 1976.

Jenny Staines, who started the pre-school along with help from other mums in the village 40 years ago, gave a speech and cut the birthday cake.

Clair Melloy, who helped organise the party, said: “It was lovely to see so many people there that have supported us over the 40 years.”

Ely36 Current student at the pre-school.

Ely36 Current student at the pre-school. - Credit: Archant

Zoe Corley, setting manager, said: “I am overwhelmed with the attendance and support from everyone.

“It was lovely to hear so many memories.”

Originally set up in 1976, the pre-school operated from the village hall. Since then it has grown to offer childcare from 7.45am to 6pm and in 2010 a childcare building was built, designed to operate both pre-school and out of school club sessions as well as holiday clubs.

Ely36 Looking back through photo albums.

Ely36 Looking back through photo albums. - Credit: Archant

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It was then that little Thetford Pre-school changed its name to - Little Thetford Pre-school & Children’s Club.

Little Thetford Acorns Pre-School received a ‘good’ Ofsted in August.