AS youngsters at Church Gresley Infant and Nursery School look forward to their move to a new site, one former pupil is looking back at the history of the old building.
Christine Chandler, who attended the school in the late 1950s, is working with a teacher at the school to put together a collection of memorabilia from throughout the life of the school.
She is on the hunt for pictures, documents and other items from any time in the past 130 years, to create a display to be held in the area next month – and she is hoping that other former students or those connected with the school will come forward to share their artefacts and their memories.
Mrs Chandler said: “We’re asking people if they have got anything at all – reports, photos, that sort of thing.
“I’m sure there are lots of interesting stories about the school.
“It’s been there for a long time, and it’s part of Gresley life, and there will be a lot of memories from there. I’m not sure all of them will be fond, but there will be memories.”
One of her own memories from her time at the York Street school relates to a time when boys and girls shared the same toilets.
“I was the judge of which of the boys could wee the highest up the wall,” Mrs Chandler added.
The items, which Mrs Chandler hopes will run right to the present day, will be on display during a coffee morning at Church Gresley Methodist Church on Saturday, November 9 – the day after the school is scheduled to move to its new £6.1 million purpose-built site on Pennine Way.
It is not yet known what will happen to the old building once the move has taken place, though Derbyshire County Council has been approached by a private day nursery, in relation to leasing the site.
“I hope something does go in there. It would be a shame for the building not to be used. It’s been a good stalwart for all of these years,” Mrs Chandler said.
For more information about the display, or to contribute to it, contact Christine Chandler on 01283 217207.
It will run from 10am until noon.