Pecket Well legacy continues to go on

Pecket Well College reunion. Pictured is Pat Sewell, Pauline Nugent, Malcolm Burnside, David Andrassy, Billy Breeze and Norman Wilson

Pecket Well College reunion. Pictured is Pat Sewell, Pauline Nugent, Malcolm Burnside, David Andrassy, Billy Breeze and Norman Wilson

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Fond memories of the years gone by were recalled at a reuniting of the colleagues and classmates of Pecket Well College.

People gathered at a drop in session held at Halifax Central Library to reflect on the Hebden Bridge-based learning centre which focused on adults with reading and writing difficulties.

After ten years of building itself up through fundraising and grants, the college welcomed more than 400 people from all over Britain who in 1992 celebrated the opening of the first residential college nationwide for Basic Education.

Some 20 years on, although the college has now shut, its memory continues to live on thanks to an oral history and archive project which has since launched the website, www.pecket.org - an easy to navigate site explaining the college’s inspirational story and allowing people to view past archives and images from its early days.

Pauline Nugent, coordinator of the oral history and archive project, said: “Pecket Well College started almost 30 years ago.”

From its early days until the day it shut in 2010, the college held workshops in photography, poetry and life stories to name a few.

Since its closure a grant was left to help keep its memory alive, but Pauline’s work - which has helped produce all sorts of memorabilia for Pecket Well - will be winding down next year due to grant allowances.

“In the last six months what we’re trying to do is spread the word and add to our oral history,” Pauline said.

Every year the college published an annual report, and there is just three missing from the archives - 1989-90, 1990-91, and 2006-07.

Anyone who may have copies is invited to get in touch by emailing paulinenugent@pecket.org.

Pauline said: “Sadly we’re winding down in May but we wanted to go out on a high.”