Pre-school celebrating 50 years of playtime searches for old pupils

Picture from 1988 of the Jack and Jill Nursery in Ampthill
Picture from 1988 of the Jack and Jill Nursery in Ampthill

An Ampthill playgroup is celebrating its half century in 2015 – by hoping to track down its oldest former pupil.

Jack and Jill Pre-School Playgroup reaches its 50th anniversary in June - and to celebrate, it is planning a series of events in the build-up to commemorate the special milestone.

The celebrations will culminate in the summer with a massive party for staff, current and former parents and carers and children - now grown up.

Now organisers have started the search for anyone who attended that first term - staff or children - back in the middle of the swinging ‘60s.

Nursery chairwoman Kim Myddelton said: “We want this to be a huge celebration. Thousands of people have come through here in the past 50 years and we want to track down as many from the ‘60s as we can.

“We know many people have left the area, but we also know many are still in Mid Beds – and with the help of the community we’re hunting for the oldest person to attend our playgroup.”

“The first playgroup was originally at the town’s Nottingham Rooms, then moving to the rugby club before, eventually, settling at its current location in Houghton Close.” It is though to have used the rugby club, scout hut and Russell School over the years. A lady named Jeanette Waller first started the group in her home in 1965.

Jack and Jill wants to hear from any ex-pupils who wish to get involved – and is also looking for old pics from the past 50 years.

If you can help, email jackandjillpg@btinternet.com or call 01525 840108.