A History of YALDING, Kent, England

The first public record of this group was an announcement that they were holding an informal coffee evening at the school on Wednesday 11th of June 1969. Parents of pre-school children were invited to see the school and work done by the children. The P.T.A. had been launched about two years earlier with Mrs Doreen Broomfield as secretary. By 1972 Michael Wakeling was chairman, and the secretary was Margaret Kremer, who arranged affiliation to the National Federation of PTA's, and the transfer of land from the allotment use to the school playing field. This later function involved contacting each individual holder to give them several months notice, removal of sheds, arranging plant machinery to plough and level the area, to finally fencing off the field we know today, and on which the new school extension has been built.
During these intervening years the main function of the PTA has been to organise fund raising events and activities for the purchase of equipment and for subsidising educational visits, which the 1978 AGM noted that the K.E.C. were unable to provide in the present economic climate. They also said at that time, that support from all areas of the village was required to continue that important work, from which all children benefit. Many items have been purchased such as the staging platforms, and work performed such as the conversion of the lower school house to activity rooms and a library.
The main fund raising events throughout this period has been the May and Christmas Fayres, with much work put in by a great number of people.