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Fifty years of fun . . . Gleniti Playcentre is hoping former children and parents will join (from left) Keely Kroening, Feliticity Brice (2), Tony Ryland (3), William Crowther (4), Zoe Diel (4) and Elliot Morton (3) at the playcentre's 50th jubilee in September. PHOTO: GRETA YEOMAN

by Greta Yeoman

Gleniti Playcentre has been a place of play for Timaru children and parents for the past 50 years.

The playcentre team will be celebrating the 50th jubilee of the group in September and will welcome all parents and children who have been connected to the centre over the past five decades getting in touch.

While the group’s celebrations should have been held last year, as the playcentre opened in 1967, they had to delay because volunteers were busy recladding and renovating the exterior walls of the centre’s Wai-iti Rd building.

Jubilee committee member Keely Kroening said there would be an afternoon tea at the centre on South Canterbury Anniversary Day on September 24 to celebrate the milestone.

This would include adult-sized children’s activities for entertainment – including a play dough-modelling competition and sack races.

“[It will be] a playcentre sessions for big kids as well.”

She said the ideas for the formation of playcentres were to offer a place where parents – usually mothers in the past – could bring their children for playtime, along with providing a social and support aspect by mixing with other parents.

It also provided an opportunity for parents to upskill once they returned to the workforce when their children grew up, as it was run by the parents – so they would take on treasury or administration roles along with other jobs.

Mrs Kroening hoped people who had been connected to Gleniti Playcentre, either as a parent or child, would come along or contact other people they knew from the centre to tell them about the event.

If you are a former Gleniti Playcentre child or parent, you can get in contact with the jubilee committee via email on playcentrejubilee@gmail.com or call Keely on 021-1844-109.