The Tufty Club was where you learnt how to cross the road

Albermarle Playgroup c1966
Albermarle Playgroup c1966

Lindfield resident Jill Foster decided that turning out old photographs would be a great way to occupy herself during the days and days of wet, overcast weather that have prevailed recently.

She also, very kindly, thought how it would be worthwhile to contribute to this section of the Mid Sussex Times by bringing in two of the pictures she found with lots of faces in them for our readers to try and identify.

Tuffty Club Haywards Heath c 1965

Tuffty Club Haywards Heath c 1965

Picture One is of the Albemarle Playgroup circa 1966, with Jill’s son, Steve, half hiding his face in the back row, far left.

The Albemarle is still a popular building frequently used by youngsters and close to Oathall Community College which both Steve and his younger sister, Jane, attended with both becoming head boy and head girl.

Picture Two shows the Tufty Club which met in the former hall in South Road, Haywards Heath which later became a Sainsbury’s store, followed by Trading 4U and now the 99p Store. Jane is picture in the back row, far right.

Jill, from Lindfield and who has lived in the area since 1959, said the Tufty Club was where she took Steve and Jane to learn about the Highway Code and how to cross the road safely.

Back at the Albemarle Playgroup, Jill was a member of the committee who helped run the establishment with other parents.

She said: “It was lots of fun. I know several of the children in the picture, or at least I know their mums.”

Steve is now 51 and Jane is 49, having been born in 1963 and 1965 at the former Cuckfield Hospital, and Jill is wondering if anyone else recognises their children in her photographs.