Share your memories of centre

A WORLD-RENOWNED children’s centre is looking for volunteers to help create an exhibition celebrating its history.

The Pen Green Centre in Corby is celebrating its 30th anniversary next year and part of the planned celebrations will create an exhibition of photographs and stories and a “fabric timeline.”

The exhibition will be called the “tell me about...” project and a timeline, known as the patchwork project, will show the history of both the centre and Corby.

The site at Rockingham Road was first opened as a school in 1936 and the centre is looking to produce a permanent display of local events from this date to the modern day.

An open day will be held from 2pm to 4pm on Saturday, May 26, at the Pen Green Research Base for anyone who would like to take a tour of the centre and share their stories.

As reported extensively by the Evening Telegraph, the centre’s future looked uncertain when it was told last January it would be losing £1.1m from its budget over three years.

But Northamptonshire County Council wrote to the Schools Forum, which awards the funding, last May, advising it to withdraw the planned cuts.

Since the reprieve, the research arm of Pen Green was chosen to lead a national programme to drive up educational standards in children.

It then announced plans for an expansion programme to double its nursery and toddler places, and bosses are optimistic its future is bright.

Nicky Millard, project manager for the exhibition, said: “Pen Green has always been a central part of the community and we wanted to celebrate our history and Corby’s by creating something really special.

“We would love to hear from anyone that can help us create our patchwork timeline, but also from anyone that has interesting memories, stories and photographs of Corby from the time the building first opened in the 1930s.

“We are looking for sewing groups and enthusiastic sewers, embroiderers, fabric printers, knitters or anyone else who feels like getting crafty to help contribute to the project.

“This can be by donating some fabric or materials, creating some unique pieces of fabric or help with the construction and making up of the timeline.”

Anyone interested in helping in any way can contact Nicky Millard by calling 01536 443435 or emailing