In our last communication we shared with you the news that the Mulberry Bush Organisation had agreed to take responsibility for the Archive and Study Centre, including the National Child Care Library project, and the Toddington site.
As you can imagine there is a great deal of work being undertaken to make a good ending for PETT and to support, as Craig has recently put it, “a good landing on the other side”. We are working closely with the Mulberry Bush Organisation to contribute towards their development plan wherever possible and to that end we are openly sharing all feedback we have received since announcing the closure of PETT. We know that the Mulberry Bush are working towards sharing their outline plan with you all in the near future.
From a practical point of view, we are also working closely with a solicitor experienced in the transfer of assets and responsibilities at the point when one charity ceases to operate and to ensure that all i’s are dotted and t’s crossed to the requirements of the Charity Commission.
Importantly, our minds are focussed on ensuring there will be an opportunity for as many of us as possible to gather together to mark the ending of PETT and to celebrate the achievement of so much by so many in, through and with PETT.
To this end then, we are proposing that we gather together on 24 November to celebrate our lives, work and time together over the past 52 years. We would like for this to be a celebration of everything we have created and shared together, and of what you have gone on to create in the world beyond PETT. We would wish it as well to be an opportunity for the team here to say thank you, by reflecting on their journeys in and through PETT. Of course, we will anchor the celebration in the traditional Vicky-inspired and cake-filled way!
More details will follow but we ask you, if you can, to put November 24th into your diary and to RSVP so that we know how many people to cater for.
For the November gathering we do not want simply to produce a formal programme ourselves. Rather we are keen that the occasion be co-created. Hence, we would be very grateful for your ideas about what could happen and be shown and seen. While inevitably tinged with sadness, we would love it to be a celebration in which you feel you can share what PETT has meant to you over the years: for example, what are you doing today that in some way came out of PETT, or that owes something to your association and experience of it and us? Give us an update on your projects and work!
We shall be in touch again very soon with further updates. And we hope to see many of you on 24 November.