Mini Shakespeare at Hintlesham’s Birch Farm Nursery wants your memories of it to celebrates 25th anniversary

Birch Farm Children's nursery celebrates its 25 th Anniversary
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Birch Farm Children's nursery celebrates its 25 th Anniversary Mini Shakespeare, Rebecca freeman, Jay Gibbs and Steph green

More than 1,000 children have passed through its classrooms in the last 25 years and now a nursery in Suffolk wants their memories of its history.

Birch Farm before it opened as a nursery

Birch Farm before it opened as a nursery - Credit: Archant

Set up in 1991 Birch Farm Nursery, in Hintlesham, has been run since the start by husband and wife pair Darren and Mini Shakespeare.

It accommodates children under five-years-old and over the years has expanded to include a play barn, learners’ swimming pool and canteen.

Talking about the centre’s history over its 25 years Mrs Shakespeare said: “The nursery sector has seen an enormous amount of change in that time, in terms of parental and carer expectations, best practice and the inspection regimes we operate under.

“So being in business for 25 years is quite an achievement and we think that fact alone makes us one of the longest-lasting nurseries in Suffolk, if not the country which is pretty good in one of the toughest market sectors of the lot.”


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As part of the nursery’s 25th anniversary celebrations Mrs Shakespeare wants children, their parents or grandparents who have used the centre to send in their memories and pictures of it through the years.

Mrs Shakespeare added: “Our enduring pride is in the care and education we have been able to offer to the 1000-plus youngsters who have been part of the Birch Farm family over that time.

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“We’d really like to hear about any of their memories or thoughts about Birch Farm as we hope to display as many recollections in time for our 25th celebrations at our Summer Fayre on July 2, to which they will be invited.”

“We’re probably going to have a 1991-theme to these celebrations, so we’re looking forward to seeing as many mullets on display as possible.”

Anyone wishing to share their recollections can email mini@birchfarm.co.uk to get in touch.

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