Sheffield sisters going back to nursery school after 70-years

BROOMMI''May Day celebrations in the early days at Broomhall nursery.
BROOMMI''May Day celebrations in the early days at Broomhall nursery.
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SISTERS Wendy Dodd and Molly Proctor are getting their glad rags out for the 80th anniversary celebrations at Sheffield’s oldest nursery school – more than 70 years after they last set foot there.

Wendy, now aged 77, and Molly, 75, both went to Broomhall Nursery as toddlers in the late 1930s.

Now the nursery is planning a variety of celebration events to mark their milestone birthday, culminating in a garden party on Saturday, June 25.

Wendy, who now lives in Crosspool and hasn’t been back since she left, said: “It was a very happy place.

“I can vividly remember sitting on the wooden floor in what seemed to be a very big room. We would sing songs like Miss Polly Had A Dolly and the times when I was chosen as Miss Polly are a favourite memory.

“I also remember one day we had a new teacher called Miss Rabjohn who we thought was called Miss Hedgehog!”

Molly, now living in Coal Aston, added: “I’m excited to go back. I can only have been two or three when I was an attendant carrying cornflowers in a May Queen parade there.”

Current headteacher Gill Peacock said she and the team were looking forward to welcoming Wendy and Molly.

“I hope they enjoy our party,” she said.

“Many of our current pupils, parents and staff are working hard to make it a memorable occasion. We hope to see several of our former pupils from down the generations, and our friends from the local community as well.”

The nursery opened at 4 Broomhall Road, which had been a grand private home for the Barber family and their 10 children, in September 1930 with Miss Hilda M Powis as its headteacher.

Some 80 years on, it is Sheffield’s oldest nursery and one of only three in the city run by the local authority. The celebration garden party will run from 11am until 3pm, finishing with a balloon race.