Richmond Playcentre celebrated 50 years of being a part of the Richmond community on Saturday, October 13.

The centre started in the Baptist Church Hall on Queen Street and was moved to its current location, on the Richmond School grounds, in 1977.

Playcentre president Olivia Hyatt says a house was moved from the corner of George and William St’s to the site.

“Since then the building has changed extensively with at least two extensions, many renovations and a major outdoor project planned for later this month.”

Olivia says the event was a great opportunity to connect and reconnect with the local community.

“We celebrated being part of the community and providing a place that supports learning through play for our tamariki, and a village for our adults.

“Past members were able to come, reminisce and see the centre is still going strong.”

It was a stunning day for the families, with huge walk-on gloop area set up for the kids.

A firetruck, face painting and a giant playcentre were also set up, spilling out onto the Richmond School field.

“Today, Richmond Playcentre is a vibrant centre with a good mix of all ages from babies to 5-year-olds.

“It is a place siblings and parents can come and play and learn together. It is also a place where adults can learn new things, volunteer and give back to the community.”

Olivia would like to thank all the families and sponsors who made the day possible.


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