Some of my earliest memories of living in Billericay are of going to playschool in the ‘small hall’ / annex at the Archer Hall in Laindon Road.
The small hall was at the south west corner of the main hall – the walls of the corridor to the small hall were lined with large square cupboards with coloured doors where the groups which used the halls kept their equipment etc.
I remember we had lots of activities going on in what must have been a fairly small room but seemed large to me at the time! I can particularly remember painting and also choosing pictures from magazines to cut out with round ended safety scissors and gluing them into my scrapbook. No nice clean glue sticks for us – we had pots of paste with a brush, so lots of fun getting messy!
On the occasions when I went into the main Archer Hall with my parents it seemed an immense space. The parquet floor had a badminton court marked out and I can remember looking through the glass doors and seeing people playing – the shuttlecock soaring up towards the high ceiling. Everything seems so big when you are that small!
Later I attended both Brownies and Guides in the same small hall and my Dad taught me to ride my bike in the empty car park on Sunday’s – so the Archer Hall was an important part of my life, with many happy memories.
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