Four generations have playcentre connection



Helping celebrate Clyde Playcentre’s open day are four generations of one family connected to the early childhood education centre.

The four generations — June Jackson (84), Cathy Jackson
(60), Ella Jackson (26) and Kit Jackson (2) all have connections to Clyde Playcentre.

The playcentre had humble beginnings in the supper room of the Clyde Memorial Hall, June Jackson said.

‘‘We started in the memorial hall a couple of mornings a week.’’

Everything had to be packed away in boxes after each session so the hall would be available for other uses, she said.

The playcentre concept was an attractive option because parents were involved, Mrs Jackson said.

About 52 years ago, community fundraising and volunteer labour helped to build a dedicated playcentre on Fache St, and since then the building had been expanded with additional renovations.

Mrs Jackson’s granddaughter Ella recalled enjoying playing at the Fache St site.

‘‘Last year, I watched a video of my 5th birthday that was taken here.’’

‘‘I remember doing the dressups a lot . . .I remember the butterfly wings, and we still have those.’’

Her son Kit was now the fourth generation with a connection with the playcentre.

‘‘He is happy doing his own thing.’’

Activities included having fun in the mud play area.

‘‘He is a climber, so good fencing is important to me.’’

The Clyde Playcentre open day is on Saturday, from 10am till noon, at 36 Fache St, Clyde.

The day for the whole family includes obstacle courses, face painting, giant bubbles and messy play, while parents will also be able to enjoy fresh coffee from The Coffee Shot Van, as well as snacks.