brynandjohnBryn Purdy, founder and 'care-taker' of Rowen House (Robert Owen Unschool) called in to PETT to say hello on Tuesday.  Greatly influenced by the ideas of Homer Lane and A.S. Neill's work at Summerhill, Bryn has written several publications including A.S.Neill:Bringing happiness to some few children and Girls will be Grils, about his own work and experience.

Just 'passing through' Bryn had brought with him some personal material to be donated to the archive. Whilst he was here, however, we took the opportunity to record a conversation between him and former PETT Executve Director, John Cross.  

A fascinating interview took place as each recalled and compared their experiences of working with 'maladjusted' children, and questioned and explored the inspiration and ideas behind their work.  A truly remarkable and unexpected meeting!

performanceMAL-ER-JUH'S-TED, the dramatic multi-media piece Trinity School have created from the 'Therapeutic Living with Other People's Children' project, will be performed at Trinity School, Leamington Spa on Wednesday 21st March, at 7pm. 

Tickets are available directly from the school.

Verity Naughton
Trinity Catholic School
Guy's Cliffe Avenue
Leamington Spa
CV32 6NB

Phone:01926 428416
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Limited accommodation is still available at PETT for anyone interested in attending this event.  Please contact the Archive and Study Centre for more details.


On Sunday 1st July 2012, we'll be holding our Open Day here at PETT.  This is a chance for you to come and meet with other involved communities and organisations, as well as the PETT team and trustees.

You'll have the opportunity to visit the archive, and find out more about our latest work and recent/upcoming events.  There will be talks and workshops throughout the day,  structured as well as informal time for networking, discussion and reflection, and of course, because it's PETT, lots of cake!  

This is an exciting chance to become more involved with our enterprise and with our affiliated networks and groups.  By bringing people together in this way we hope to create a thought-provoking, creative and motivating event.

More details to follow, but in the meantime, if you are interested and would like to suggest or host a session, or if you have any other ideas, please get in touch with Chris or Gemma.

"This still being early on in my first full year as Executive Director of PETT, I thought that I would take the opportunity through the medium of our newly relaunched richwebsite to offer my warm greetings and very best wishes to everyone who visits us here online and at our base in Toddington . In one way or another many of you have long been interested in and involved with us  to promote the treatment of emotionally troubled people within carefully planned environments and to preserve the historical “records”of such settings, including that crucial treasure, people's own memories of living, working, learning and growing in such environments.

I am also keen to take this opportunity of our website relaunch to invite your continuing involvement with us at PETT – to what I believe will be our great mutual and collective benefit. To achieve our aim of enabling PETT to become a vital communications hub and home base for all those committed to planned therapeutic approaches to group living we need your active support in many ways, including [but, as you know, far from only] financial.

Given the nature of the task and current economic realities, on our own we'll never be able to broaden and deepen our supportive engagement with Communities and their people past, present and to come.  Yet with your continuing concern, interest and participation as essential elements in PETT's transition and development we shall be able to do a great deal towards that goal, and indeed much more.

I do hope that we shall see many of you this year both here at Toddington and when we are “out on the road”. And may this year of 2012 prove to be healthy, peaceful and genuinely “productive” for us all."

  Richard Rollinson

Welcome to our new PETT website!

The trustees would like to thank all the team members who have been involved in the complete re-write and re-development of this site, this is just the first phase of a long term project to enhance and expand the presence on the web of both the Trust and the Archive and Study centre.

Please let us know what you think!

...Important Work and A Good Time Together



In contrast to much of the world over recent months where people and groups are seeking distances, separations and conflicts at many levels, over 25 longstanding Friends, supporters and Trustees gathered together to mark the Trust’s 50th Anniversary [with Cake!]. It was by unanimous assent a full, thoughtful and useful occasion as we celebrated by looking forward towards the next 50 years.



Thank you to everyone who made the journey across always busy roads and rails on a Friday in the summer and participated so positively in the proceedings of the day. Many thanks as well to the many who, while unable to join us for the occasion, sent warm wishes for a successful day and were truly with us in spirit and in our minds.



Insofar as the day was so rich in reflections, conversations and ideas, we at PETT are still digesting much of what had been discussed, enquired about and suggested as pathways to follow towards 2066. Above all people were keen themselves to endorse the Trustees’ own determination to ensure that our site and facilities remain available for use by those who value its particular, and often powerfully evocative, environment for and atmosphere of Reflection and that the Archive continues as both, what David Millard called, a “safe deposit” for histories and stories of therapeutic communities, its peoples and environments and a rich resource to be mined by those who have experienced and/or see the healthy and healing power of planned environments as a way of living, learning, changing and growing at any stage across the lifespan.



Many other things were discussed as ways to ensure our, paraphrasing Winnicott, “continuity of going on being, being available and doing”. So as not to lose such important ideas and proposals, and indeed to ensure taking them forward, a Working Party/Forum has been established whose membership includes some Trustees, PETT staff and at least 6 of our PETT Connected Friends and supporters. It will be coordinated by Fiona Talwar – Lomberg, who has been assisting us plan our way forward, and its Terms of Reference are nearly complete. We shall share them soon.



We want and intend to build upon what has been widely agreed to have been a very successful day. So watch this space. And again, many thanks to our wonderful network of Friends who hold us in mind, keep us alert to opportunities and are always supportive. We model to the wider world a vital message – when things are going well, stay close; when times are difficult or even dangerous, get closer still. We shall continue to follow that perspective together. Be well.



Rich Rollinson


Executive Director