Your memories of early years membership organisations are needed   Leave a comment

As an individual I have been involved with early years membership organisations over the last 30 years or so, and they have shaped who I am today. I have gained so much from being a member and a volunteer of these organisations and I want to give ‘something’ back.

Therefore I am organising an event in Birmingham on May 12th 2018, to celebrate the achievements of the past and to look to the future of early years membership organisations.

I have many memories, both serious and funny, and I am sure many others do, in fact I know they do because I have had lots of conversations with others where we have shared our stories and our memories. Now, as well as creating an opportunity for people to share their stories and their memories with each other at my event, I want to create a permanent record to keep, and to lend to individuals and organisations in future generations – and for this I need your help.

If you are able to attend the event, please bring along your memories in a paper format (or email them to me before the event). If you are unable to attend in person please send me your memories so that they can be included.

My email address is

Here are some suggestions of things you could send in.

  • Scanned copies of photographs of past membership events, such as AGM’s , training, Fun Days and committee events.
  • Copies of documents such as fliers / posters /  for events, member newsletters (please note do not send copies of minutes that may have confidential information)
  • Scanned front pages of old copies of membership magazines.

NB If you happen to have a stack of old membership magazines, and intend to keep them, please let me know your email address so that those looking for information can contact you and ask for information. If you have decided it is time to downsize and the pile of magazines have to go – please do not recycle them (as I did without thinking when I moved to my current house) but instead consider donating them to this record that I am creating. If you decide to do this please email me in the first instance, so we can discuss how to get them to me.

  • Your own memories of attending events – I know there are many stories out there such as Fire evacuations, recounts of votes when it has been a close call, disco’s, team building exercises, fancy dress events, guest speakers and much more.

My over riding memory is that although there was of course a serious side of things, there was also a lot of fun, and many life long friendships made, let’s capture those memories before it is too late.

My final aim for my event is to show our appreciation to the founder members of the early years membership organisations. Without those founder members we would not be where we are now.

I hope you can join myself and colleagues at the event, details of which can be made found by clicking this link

There is also a slightly outdated blog that gives details (I will be writing an update one soon)

And finally there is a Facebook event page



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