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Celebrating 40 glorious years

Thursday, 5 January 2017

Celebrating 40  glorious years thumbnailSome of the many staff that have been involved in Ballymoney Community Playgroup over its 40 years.

BALLYMONEY Community Playgroup (Trinity) are inviting staff and committee, founding members, previous staff and committee members to come along to a special event to help celebrate its 40th Anniversary. Their 'Memories Past and Present' evening will take place on Thursday January 12 from 7pm to 9.30pm in 'The Lounge' at Trinity Church Hall.
The Mayor will be in attendance alongside Barry Thompson from Fuse FM.
One of the first playgroups to start up in the area it all began when the need for a playgroup for young children (3-4 year olds) was so great that several mothers in Ballymoney decided to start one up.
Ballymoney Community Playgroup (BCP) has grown from strength to strength attracting mothers and toddlers through its doors each year since it all began four decades ago and the local group is still looking after kids five days a week.
Barbara Hill, Deputy Leader with a staggering 38 years service at BCP, said:
“After my first child was born I wanted to work on a part-time basis with children, so I applied for the position of Supervisor in BCP.
“When I started in September 1978, the playgroup had already been going for about two years.
“Over the years the playgroup has met in four local halls, firstly in The Parish Centre, then a short time in First Ballymoney old hall , a year in Independent Hall and then up to the present day in Trinity Church Halls.
“The church has kindly given us the use of their children's room, which we share with children's church activities. I was supervisor up until June 2013 when I retired from the post, but feel that I'm not just ready to leave a place I love, so I have continued to work two days a week.
“I have really enjoyed my time working in playgroup, having benefited from such good working relationships over the years. Our staff team have always been like one big happy family!

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