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T H E C H E LT E N H A M L A D I E S ’ C O L L E G E

                                     AUTUMN 2006

Guild Newsletter

Shock result
Unbeatable CLC 1st XII beaten by Guild XII

On Saturday 13th May, the CLC 1st Lacrosse team met on        The success of the Guild Team is testimony to the
Farnley Field to warm up for the much-anticipated Guild       grounding that the sports department gives us at CLC.
Match, the first of its kind. We began our drills and warm-   With the little time we have to fit our sporting activities in
up in the hope that we would intimidate the middle-aged       with the academic curriculum, the success of the sports
ladies dressed in skirts; we thought we might beat them       teams is admirable. This continuing success after College
before the match had even started. However, this proved       shows just how valuable are the skill, teamwork and
to be a rather misdirected exercise when athletic, young,     competitive ethic that the sports department instil in us.
‘old’ girls began arriving, some only one year out of         Jess Hartley Captain 1st Lacrosse
College and most of whom we recognised. Our warm-up
came to a standstill while we gawped at the overwhelming
talent we were to face.
We put up a better fight than the 4-10 scoreline might                                                              INSIDE
suggest, breaking some sticks along the way, but in the                                                 Spotlight on Sport
end the 1st team were well and truly beaten by Guild.
The immense pace of the game, coupled with the high
                                                                                                    Reunions and Revisits
skill level and many goals meant that it was a feast of                                       Report from Retrospective'06
excitement for spectators, many of whom had not been                   Parting Secrets - How well do you know the staff?
fortunate enough to see a game played at this level;                                               Letters to the Editor
several of the old girls represent national teams.
        Message from the President                                                                                                                    Message from the Chairman
        Last academic year was a very happy and productive one                          this project and to watch                                     By the time you read this, the amazingly hot summer we       address at the Prefects' Dinner
        for College. It was a great pleasure to welcome many                            Kenneth Tickell and his                                       are currently enjoying will seem a long time gone! It        covering her experiences as a
        Guild members for the 1956-65 reunion and AGM in                                team of organ builders                                        was lovely to see so many of you at the biennial meeting     film maker, scriptwriter and
        May and to meet other former pupils during my highly                            conceive of and build this                                    and I look forward to seeing many more of you at next        director. Dr Sue Armstrong
        rewarding trip with Jenny Tudge to Asia during the Easter                       magnificent instrument. It                                    year’s 1966-1975 reunion on 12th May 2007. We had            (Harris, 1978-1985, St Clare),
        holidays.                                                                       is so heartening to know                                      a tremendous day from start to finish! At lunch in the       now      Senior     University
        At the end of the year we said farewell (and welcomed to                        that specialist craftsmen                                     Princess Hall we were able to thank a number of retiring     Lecturer at the University of
        Guild!) our wonderful SFC2 year group and it was a joy                          are still at work and that                                    staff: Mrs Linda King (Geography), Mrs Jackie Snell          Glasgow, returned to College to talk to the SFC chemists
        to welcome back to College as guest speaker at Speech                           their passion and skill have                                  (Modern Languages), Mrs Linda Armitage (English), Mrs        on chirality. The Retrospective Exhibition showed the
        Day former pupil Sophie Solomon. (St Margaret’s and                             resulted in this wonderful                                    Susie Matthews (PE), and last but not least, Peter Smart,    work of     a range of very talented ex Coll girls. It is
        Cambray 1988-95). Sophie was a music scholar at College                         creation. Please accept                                       Works Manager in the Estates Department, who has             wonderful to have such a continuing sense of community
        and went from us to read History and Russian at Oxford                          my warmest thanks if you                                      worked in College for over 42 years! A small presentation    amongst former and current generations of pupils.
        University. Although she did not initially set out to be a                      contributed to the fundraising for the organ and please       was made to each on behalf of Guild to thank them for        I do hope that you will be able to join us at one of
        professional violinist, in 1999 she was founder member                          consider joining us for the inaugural recital by world-       the years of inspiration they have provided to generations   the occasions to mark the forthcoming centenary of
        of the band Oi Va Voi and their début album, Laughter                           renowned organist Dame Gillian Wear on Saturday 10            of Coll girls. The highlight of the day was the splendid     Dorothea Beale’s death. For those of you living closer to
        Through Tears, received rave reviews, was voted in the                          March 2007.                                                   Guild vs College Lacrosse match featured on the front        College, I can thoroughly recommend the CLC Parents'
        top 10 albums of 2004 by the New York Times and won                             Secondly, earlier this year, College purchased Bayshill       cover. Jan Land (CLC PE dept) had kindly organised a         Society Firework Party on 5th November at Farnley Field.
        two nominations in BBC Radio 3’s annual awards for                              House which you may remember as the handsome                  talented team of Guild Members to take on the CLC 1st        Last year’s fireworks were spectacular and it was lovely to
        world music. Sophie then embarked on a solo career and                          Regency property at the corner of Bayshill Road and           XII who had an awesome reputation on the lax pitch           see so many girls, parents and Guild members enjoying
        earlier this year released her self-composed début solo                         Parabola Road (by the pillar box!). It was a unique           amongst schools the length and breadth of England. Our       the evening. Tickets are available at Farnley Field on the
        album, Poison Sweet Madeira, which has also been highly                         opportunity to buy something close to the main College        thanks go to all those who were brave enough to return       night, with all proceeds going to St Hilda’s East.
        acclaimed. Sophie’s speech, in which she encouraged                             site and we are now well advanced with our plans to           to College to play for Guild, and we look forward to the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Finally, a small plea to those of you living in Devon and
        the leavers to travel light in the journey of life, to be                       convert the site into a centre for the performing arts. Our   re-match next year!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Cornwall: as you may know, Maggie Maguire has retired
        adventurous, to make their opportunities and to be                              intention is to restore the original houses to their former   There have been girls from every walk of life who have       as area rep for Devon; Cornwall has a vacancy too. Since
        open-minded and flexible, had a profound effect on the                          glory, calling on the advice of English Heritage. They will   kindly given up their time to come back to College this      there is actually a thriving and active Guild community
        audience at Speech Day and I encourage you to go along                          be used for the foyer, dressing rooms and drama teaching      year: Sally Serenyi (1995-2002, St Hilda’s) has been         there, we would love to find a couple of people prepared
        to see Sophie perform if the opportunity arises.                                studios. Behind the                                           working in the Guild Office all summer. Sophie Solomon       to take on the role of Area rep jointly for those counties,
                                                                                        Regency         houses                                        (1988-1995, Cambray) gave a wonderfully frank and            so if you or someone you know would be prepared to
                                                                                        currently stands a dull                                       inspiring address to the 2006 leavers at speech day, on      help please do call Caroline in the Guild Office, and let
                                                                                        1970s construction                                            her remarkable career as a musician. Earlier this year       her know.
                                                                                        which we propose                                              Amanda Boyle (1986-1992, St Helen’s) gave an excellent
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Fionna Cardale
                                                                                        to demolish and to
                                                                                        erect, in its place, an
                                                                                        auditorium. We will                                                                           DOROTHEA BEALE 1831-1906
                                                                                        keep you informed of
                                                                                        developments.                                                 A significant date in College’s history is                                  and one of Britain’s most distinguished
                                                                                        Finally, in November                                          the centenary of Miss Dorothea Beale’s                                        scientists. While at Cambridge Jocelyn
                                                                                        we shall be marking                                           death on 9 November 1906. We shall                                               was involved in the discovery of
                                                                                        the 100th anniversary                                         be marking the occasion with a                                                    pulsars, a new area of astrophysics,
                                                                                        of the death of Miss                                          series of commemorative events.                                                     for which her supervisor won
                                                                                        Beale with a number                                           The first will be the Centenary                                                      a Nobel Prize. This event will
                                                                                        of events, including a                                        Debate (Guild vs College) on                                                          launch the fundraising for the
Carolyn Kirby - Chair of Council and Guild member, Kate Ross - Senior Prefect 2005/6,   joint concert with St Hilda’s East to be held in St Giles’                                                                                           Observatory redevelopment
           Sophie Solomon - Guest Speaker and Guild member, Vicky Tuck - Principal                                                                    the morning of Thursday 9
                                                                                        Church, Cripplegate, in the Barbican in London. As we         November in the Princess Hall                                                          project.    Tickets will cost
        Earlier in the year, it had also been my great pleasure                         consider the remarkable achievements, conviction and          at 11.00am. This will be a                                                             £50 per head with £30 going
        to invite and welcome back to College Amanda Boyle                              vision of Miss Beale, we must contemplate how the             whole College event and Guild                                                          towards the restoration costs.
        who addressed our Prefects at their annual dinner.                              opportunities of women in many parts of the world have        members are warmly invited to                                                         Finally, on Friday 10 November,
        Amanda was at College from 1985 to 1992 and went                                been transformed through education since the days of          join the audience. The debate                                                        to celebrate Miss Beale’s
        on to study Philosophy at Cambridge. She is now a film                          her leadership of College in the second half of the 19th      will be followed by a buffet                                                         association with St Hilda’s East,
        producer/director. Amanda spoke with great warmth and                           century. In the early 21st century, when one can easily       lunch in the Garden Common                                                          we shall be holding a combined
        sensitivity to the girls and then stayed on to tour College                     feel that we are living in a new age of darkness, and         Room. The motion, speakers and                                                     concert in London at St. Giles'
        the following day. She told me that she found it a very                         when, despite the unprecedented access to information         adjudicators are yet to be confirmed                                              Church, Cripplegate.
        powerful experience revisiting familiar corners of College                      and knowledge that we have today, we feel we need to
                                                                                                                                                      but the event will be highly topical,                                            Please contact the Development
        and the visit made her reassess her time here. I hope                           work harder than ever to educate the girls about what         challenging and stimulating.                                                     Office to obtain tickets or further
        this reflection might encourage others amongst you to                           it means to be human, to be discerning and to promote
        consider revisiting College; we are always delighted to
        see you.
                                                                                        interfaith, cultural and racial harmony, it seems entirely
                                                                                        appropriate to me that at the heart of our tribute to
                                                                                                                                                      That evening Mrs Tuck will be hosting
                                                                                                                                                      a dinner in The Princess Hall at         Dorothea Beale                          information for any of the above

                                                                                                                                                      7.30pm. The guest Speaker will                                         
        For the remainder of my allocated space, I want to                              her should be this coming together of these two very
                                                                                                                                                      be Professor Jocelyn Bell Burnell,
        report on two exciting developments and mention an                              different communities that she helped to develop and                                                                                           01242 707059

                                                                                                                                                      Professor of Astrophysics at Oxford
        important landmark. Firstly, I am thrilled to tell you                          which are both flourishing today. I hope you will join
        that our new organ is now installed and being played. It                        me in celebrating the life and work of this enlightened
        has been an awe-inspiring experience to be involved in                          leader. Vicky Tuck
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    Spotlight on Sport                                                                                                             Sporting families
    The award of an MBE to Mary Eyre in recognition of her
    contribution to sport has given us the ideal excuse to
    shine a light on the sporting achievements of past, current
                                                                                                                                   Two generations - mother and daughter
    and future Guild members. The high standard of sporting
    facilities, support and encouragement at school not only
    allows those with talent to compete at an extraordinarily
                                                                                                                                   Mary Simmons
                                                                                                                                   (Wright, 1949-1955,
    high level while still at school but also acts as a foundation
                                                                                                                                    Roderic House)
    on which to build in the future. This Spotlight is by no
    means comprehensive but picks out a few stories from                                                                           It is only three years now since
    members, representing 75 years of sporting pleasure and                                                                        Mother, Doreen Wright, née
    success. Long may it continue.                                                                                                 Cooper, passed away at 95. The
                                                                                                                                   stories she told us were many and
                                                                                                                                   the evidence we found in the attic
                                                                                                                                   pointed to many more! Doreen
                                                                                                                                   studied at Cheltenham (1925-
                                                                                                                                   1926 St Hilda’s) in order to obtain
                                                                                                                                   the entry qualification she needed
                                                                                                                                   to get a place at The Royal College
                                                                                                                                   of Art. So it wasn’t surprising
                                                                                                                                   to find posters which she had
                                                                                                                                   designed advertising a Women’s
                                                                                                                                   Water Polo Match between Paris
                                                                                                                                   and London in which she played,
                                                                                                                                   or a newspaper cutting showing                                                         Doreen Wright - third lady from left in middle row
                                                                                                                                   the England Women’s Ice Hockey
                                                                                                                                   team practising to play against                                                   rows of the team photographs wearing
                                                                                                                                   France. Needless to say she had                                                   aertex shirts which were always too
                                                                                                                                   designed their outfits.                                                            tight. The afternoons in the art room
                                                                                                                                   But it was at swimming that                                                       or on the games field were an escape
                                                                                                                                   Mother excelled. There were                                                       from the classroom as I could not learn
                                                                                                                                   many ASA, Southern Counties’                                                      verbally (I am sure this disability would
                                                                                                                                   Championship and Surrey Medals                                                    be picked up today). But I developed
                                                                                                                                   in boxes but not often gold as                                                    a visual memory which has been a
                                                                                                                                   her sister Joyce was an Olympian                                                  great help playing and coaching many
                                                                                                                                   whom she helped in training.                                                      sports.
                                                                                                                                   Fed up with laying out Joyce's                                                     My twin brother didn’t appreciate my
                                                                                                                                   towel and manning the stopwatch                                                    being better at cricket when Mother
                                                                                                                                   Mother trained hard and was                                                        used to arrange matches in the holidays,
                                                                                                                                   selected for the first Empire Games                                                 but I went on to higher things, playing
                                                                                                                                   4 x 100 yds relay team who came                                                    for the county and the South and in
                                                                                                                                   home with the Gold Medal! This                                                     the top game at the Oval, the pinnacle
    Mary Eyre            (1929-1942, Day Girls)
                                                                                                               at Wimbledon
                                                                                                               for a period of
                                                                                                                                   was in 1930. I still have the blazer
                                                                                                                                   and medal. She had very strong
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      being the selection to tour South Africa
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      (before the ban). Although I didn’t
    On 21 April, 2006, the Lord Lieutenant of Gloucestershire        fifteen years. She was still umpiring matches locally until   views on many things, battling                                                     get a Test it was an experience I won’t
    came to the East Gloucestershire Tennis, Squash and              two years ago! In 1998 she was awarded a Lawn Tennis          against authority and opinions of                                                  forget. In those days you went by ship,
    Hockey Club to present Mary Eyre with an MBE for her             Association award for her achievements.                       the time, persuading the Mermaid
                                                                                                                                                                        Mary Simmons
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      probably having to give up your job and
    services to sport. Reported in the regional network              Mary was secretary of the Gloucestershire Women’s             Swimming Club and others to                                     having to raise the money - no sponsorship in those days.
    newsletter of England Hockey Mary is described as                Hockey Association for sixty years and the first president    accept swimmers of any race or creed.                           Apartheid was difficult to come to terms with, although
    “legendary figure in the world of hockey, having played,         of the Gloucestershire Hockey Association when the            In 1949 I came to College a term early as Mother thought it     we did do some coaching in the townships.
    umpired and selected at club, county and England                 Men’s and Women’s Association merged in 2000. She             was time I moved on from my boys’ prep. school. Although        After retiring from playing mixed hockey for Gerrards
    level”.                                                          has also been president of Gloucestershire’s Lawn Tennis      I could swim well, but not fast, I couldn’t tread water so it   Cross (that was tough), lacrosse for Watford and the
    Mary was selected to play for England from1946-1949. She         Association, served on Gloucestershire’s playing fields       was several weeks before I was allowed my full cross which      Midlands (that was fun, but facilities were very basic),
    also represented her territory at cricket and in 1953 reached    committee and on Cheltenham Sports Council. She is            entitled me to go in the deep end; I think Mother came to       cricket coaching took over. Now it is the painting and
    the quarter-finals of the ladies’ doubles at Wimbledon.          currently President of the East Gloucestershire Tennis,       my rescue with a few phone calls to Miss Townsend. But it       woodcarving: never a dull moment! I wonder if any of
    Following this she became an international umpire for            Squash and Hockey Club and continues to play an active        was in the ball games I was to prosper, sitting in the front    the grandchildren will follow in our footsteps?
    both hockey and tennis. She has umpired 28 international         role within the club. We congratulate Mary on her
    hockey matches, including ten at Wembley, and umpired            achievements.

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    Three tennis sisters - reflections from Catherine
                                                                                                                                   Sarah Pearson
    Catherine Baker                                                 first team at the Cumberland Club, and continued playing
                                                                    competitively (subsequently moving to Teddington Club)         (1972-1979, Roderic House)
    (Whiteman, 1983-1990, Glenlee)                                  until the birth of my second child.                            There were many sub-optimal aspects of being at CLC
    I have always believed that sport serves an important           In hockey our Bristol University 1st XI reached the final      in the 70s (compared, of course, to today’s luxurious
    social function, as well as the other aims of winning,          of the universities’ competition in my last year, beating      existence...). However, being able to play sport three
    keeping fit and enjoying oneself! Coll certainly provided       Loughborough on the way. I also played for the English         weekday afternoons each week and for most of Saturday
    my sisters, Georgina (1982-1989, Farnley Lodge) and             Universities’ team. On leaving university I played for         and Sunday, was not one of them.
    Nicola (1983-1990, St Clare), and me with a fantastic           various clubs, including Guildford (whilst at Law School       Arriving in Cheltenham as a boarder at the tender age of
    springboard for our sporting lives, in my case for tennis       there) and Hampstead and Westminster first teams.              11, I was force fed on hockey and lacrosse but relished
    and hockey.                                                     Whilst working at Linklaters’ solicitors, I was posted out     them both and quickly started working my way through
    After leaving Coll I qualified as a tennis coach in my          to Singapore for six months, and was lucky enough to           the hierarchy of school teams. I gained the opportunity
    gap year, which provided a great                                                     play for the Singapore Ladies’ team.      to represent Gloucestershire and thereafter the West
    source of income (and weeks of fun)                                                 With three children my sporting career     and subsequently had two years playing for England
    each summer holiday while I was at                                                  has now very much taken a back seat,       U18. But the enjoyment I derived from school hockey,
    university and law school, teaching                                                 but I am very much looking forward         whether it was inter-school competitions (in particular
    tennis at the Jonathan Markson                                                      to my new role of cheering from the        beating Charlton Park, Dean Close or Millfield) or intra-
    Tennis Camp. I continued playing
    competitive tennis throughout
                                                                                        sidelines. Sadly, with three boys, this
                                                                                        won’t be at Coll! Throughout all of
                                                                                                                                   school house competitions (where the hockey was
                                                                                                                                   extremely serious and the rivalry fierce) - was the greatest.
                                                                                                                                                                                                    CLC hockey 1st XI in 1977-78
    university    and     law     school,                                               this, however, I think that the biggest    The camaraderie, the fun, the united team ambition               This team won the schools' tournaments in Gloucestershire
    interspersed with the occasional                                                                                               (not to mention escaping from studies and the school             and the West, both for indoor and outdoor hockey.
                                                                                        value has been the ability of sport
    social game – most memorably                                                        to help me to settle in to new areas,      precincts) was wonderful – and formed a bedrock and an           The names of those in the team (and in the photo) are:
    including frequent victories over Tim                                               make new friends and enjoy myself.         ideal for me for the future.                                     L-R Lizzy Rankin, Amma Mensah, Sarah Blick, Sally Bodsworth,
    Henman’s older brother, Richard. On                                                                                                                                                             Jenny Eyre, L-R Claire Griffith, Angela Burnett, Sarah Pearson,
                                                                                                                                   After leaving college I continued to play hockey and to
    moving to London I played for the                                                                                                                                                               Lynne Howell, L-R Juliet Clough, Shirley Fraser.
                                           Georgina and Catherine
                                                                                                                                   represent England in various age groups, enjoying the
                                                                                                                                   physical exercise, the competition, the teamwork, the
                                                                                                                                   adrenaline and the status. Having practised so hard and          learned that, generally, hard work bears fruit (at some
                                                                                                                                   for so long at sport, it was natural (and frankly necessary in   point). I had so much experience and help in learning

    Diverse forms of hockey
                                                                                                                                   my case) to work hard at my law studies and subsequently         to juggle priorities, in understanding the matches/events
                                                                                                                                   as a solicitor. I feel blessed to have been grounded in the      that really matter. I have learned to understand the
                                                                                                                                   teamwork of CLC sports, to have enjoyed not just the             importance of balancing work and pastimes - and to have
                                                                                                                                   matches but also the hard work of practice and to have           both work and play feature prominently in my life.

                                                                          Grainne Scott
                                                                          (Somerville, 1986-1993, Farnley Lodge)
                                                                          I always loved sport at College, some staff members      Katie Martin-Fagg                                                                                       proud of, being
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           a      goalkeeper,
                                                                          might say that I loved it too much - to the detriment    (1998-2005, Sidney Lodge)                                                                               but at 3-3 in
                                                                          of my studies! Since leaving I have kept up my love                                                                                                              the last minute
                                                                                                                                   After my four years of first team hockey at CLC it
                                                                          of sport and have been fortunate enough to be                                                                                                                    we converted a
                                                                                                                                   initially seemed a bit of a step down to be playing for
                                                                          selected for the New Zealand Women’s Lacrosse                                                                                                                    penalty     corner
                                                                                                                                   the Loughborough 3rd team. However after the first
                                                                          Team. Lacrosse in NZ has only been going for                                                                                                                     to take home the
                                                                                                                                   training session I realised that the standard of hockey
                                                                          about five years but is rapidly becoming popular.                                                                                                                 shield and our
                                                                                                                                   was far beyond school or county level and on a par
                                                                          We are due to have a large Asia Pacific tournament                                                                                                                gold medals. It
                                                                                                                                   with the West squad that I was a part of. I have some
                                                                          in March 2007 in Auckland.                                                                                                                                       was      definitely
                                                                                                                                   brilliant memories of CLC hockey but the one thing
                                                                          I have also been fortunate enough to represent           that I can’t remember, as it never happened to me,                                                      one of the best
                                                                          Canterbury (NZ) at ice hockey for a few years.           is winning a big competition. Thankfully being at the                                                   days of my life
                                                                          This is equivalent of regional level in the UK. I also   best sporting university in the country means winning                                                   as our 1st and
                                                                          coach/instruct swimming, horse-riding and scuba          is not something I have to worry about! My squad cruised         2nd teams also won their finals to complete a day (and
                                                                          diving. My husband and I take part in numerous           through the BUSA league stages (undefeated) and then             night) of celebrations and reward our unrelenting hard
                                                                          triathlons and duathlons and an occasional half          faced a series of tougher challenges in the knock-outs but       work throughout the season. I will never complain about
                                                                          marathon, mainly for fun.                                we rose to the occasion and beat a series of good teams          compulsory fitness training again! To finish the season we
                                                                          I am obviously glad to endorse the promotion of          to gain our place in the final, against Sheffield Hallam 1st       had a play-off against Nottingham 2nd team to decide who
                                                                          sport at College. A love of sport has really broadened   team. They were also unbeaten in their league so it would        would be promoted into the next league. Thankfully, after
                                                                          my life and has given me many opportunities that I       be a stern test of our nerve and ability. The goals stacked      we drew the game 2-2, I managed to save four out of their
                                                                          would otherwise have missed.                             up quickly at either end, not something I am particularly        five penalties, to secure our promotion and complete a
                                                                                                                                                                                                    perfect season. Bring on next year!

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     The pleasures of Lacrosse                                                                                                                   Rowing
      We surprised Georgina with this photo                                                                                                      Kaia O'Hare             (1998-2004, Farnley Lodge)
                                                                                                                                                                                                              The week leading up to the Boat Race was filled with
                                                                                                                                                                                                              excitement and trepidation. This was the final build-up
                                                                                                                                                                                                              to a race we had spent nine months working towards
      Georgina Wright                                                                                                                            In 2006 three members of Guild rowed in the
                                                                                                                                                 Oxford v Cambridge Women’s Boat Races                        and anything could happen. During the week each crew
      (Blackburn, 1987-1994, Glenlee)                                                                                                                                                                         lived together in a lovely house in Henley-on-Thames.
                                                                                                                                                 Rebecca Patton (2000-2002, Beale), rowed at number four
                                                                                                                                                                                                              We would have our normal training during the day and
      I haven’t seen this photo before, but it must have been                                                                                    for Oxford, Rose Bosnell (1985-1993, Glengar) rowed as
                                                                                                                                                                                                              between sessions we would play games, watch videos of
      taken when I was in Lower Coll as I am using a plastic                                                                                     stroke of Osiris, the Oxford reserve boat and Kaia O’Hare
                                                                                                                                                                                                              previous Boat Races, talk about The Race, and just enjoy
      stick. Miss Hirons (now Mrs Matthews) suggested                                                                                            rowed at number two in Blondie, the Cambridge reserve
                                                                                                                                                                                                              the beautiful town of Henley. Race Day was a once-in-
      that my skills might improve if I switched to wooden.                                                                                      boat.
                                                                                                                                                                                                              a-lifetime experience for me. Rowing on such a famous
      Looking at the picture I would tell the girl to pull her                                                                                   Guild was delighted to sponsor Kaia’s seat in Blondie, the   course with eight friends you have spent countless hours
      cradle in tighter to protect the ball. The photo brings                                                                                    Cambridge reserve boat this year and she has sent us her     training with would have been exciting by itself but having
      back lots of fond memories of sport at Coll. I remember                                                                                    reflections on the day.                                       so many people cheering you on during the race made it
      the choice between hockey and lacrosse at the end
                                                                                                                                                                                                              unforgettable. It really was one of the most exciting times
      of the 3rd year being a more important decision than
                                                                                                                                                                                                              of my life.
      choosing GCSE options.
                                                                                                                                                                                                              The result, in which Oxford achieved a well-deserved
      Moving on from Coll, using a wooden stick and with
                                                                                                                                                                                                              victory, has not taken away from what has been a fantastic
      cradling skills improved, I played for the Oxford
                                                                                                                                                                                                              year and I can’t wait to do it again next year; this time
      University 1st team – and in my second year there I
                                                                                                                                                                                                              we hope to return victorious. I should like to mark my
      made the England U21s: I was surprised and pleased!
                                                                                                                                                                                                              gratitude to Guild who sponsored me through race week;
      Still, my favourite lacrosse moment came in our SFC2                                                                                                                                                    without their support this experience would not have
      year at Coll, when we reached the National Lacrosse                                                                                                                                                     been possible. It is fantastic that Cheltenham Ladies’
      Finals. We were thrilled, since it was a first for some                                                                                                                                                  College is supporting women in sport, one sphere of
      years, I think. That 1st team was largely made up of                                                                                                                                                    life in which women are drastically under-supported by
      our year group and had played together for a long                                                                                                                                                       comparison with their male counterparts.
      time. We didn’t win the competition, but enjoyed a
                                                                                                                                                                                                              I hope that this report will encourage other Cheltenham
      win against a punchy Moreton Hall team in our last
                                                                                                                                                                                                              girls, past or present, to get out on the river and give it a
      game for the school. I think everyone scored! It was a
                                                                                                                                                                                                              go, you never know where it could lead! [An unabridged
      good moment.
                                                                                                                                                                                                              version entitled A day in the life of a Cambridge Rower is
                                                                                                                                                                                                              available on the Guild Website]

    In 2005 three CLC girls played in
    National teams: one for England,
                                                                                                                                                 Athletics - Rising Star
    one for Scotland, one for Wales.                                                                                                             Henrietta Kodilinye-Sims                                     library and running to the PE department before my next
                                                                                                                                                 (1998-2005, St Helen's)
    Katie has sent us her thoughts.                                                                                                              My first race was for College during UC4, when Miss
                                                                                                                                                                                                              On my last day at CLC I missed Speech Day to run my last
                                                                                                                                                                                                              English Schools final, and I returned to the Leavers’ Ball
                                                                                                                                                 Freeman needed someone to fill a place in the 200m. It        carrying a gold medal. Two weeks later I was on a plane
      Katie Wilson             (1998-2005, Glengar)                                                                                              was great to spend the day meeting new people and feel       with the GB team, headed to Lithuania for the European
                                                                                                                                                 part of team; I even won my race.                            Junior Championships where I ran the 400m and the relay.
      Many people have told me that the key to so many
      important values is sport. I started playing lacrosse when                                                                                 In the next two years I went athletics crazy, joining        I came second in my heat to qualify for the semi-final and
      I was in my first year at CLC and I have now been playing                                                                                   clubs so I could compete in the holidays and training        in the relay we came fifth in the final. The experience was
      for nearly eight years. Something I never imagined then                                                                                    throughout the year at the local Cheltenham club. Whilst     the most amazing of my life: being able to compete in a
      was that I would represent my country. In my last year                                                                                     doing my GCSEs I qualified for my first English Schools                                   sport I love and represent my
      at College I trained with and played for the England U19                                                                                   Championships, and spent a weekend of my summer                                         country was something I never
      team as well as playing for CLC. Since then I have gone                                                                                    holidays with the Gloucestershire team competing in                                     thought would be possible.
      on to play for my university and in the England senior B                                                                                   Sheffield. This was my first major championship, a really                                 Although I have embarked
      team in the 2006 Home internationals where we played                                                                                       special occasion, and I managed to get myself to the final.                              on a demanding course at
      Scotland and Wales, beating both (rather convincingly!).                                                                                   I ran a PB to come fourth, with a time that ranked me                                   university, I get a lot of support
      Playing for Senior England, especially, was a massive step                                                                                 ninth in the UK U17 girls that year.                                                    as a TASS athlete (TASS is the
                                                                   L to R - Nat Greening (England), George Bloomfield (Wales), Jan Land (coach,                                                                                           government’s Talented Athlete
      up, not only in terms of standard but also in terms of       Ex Welsh international), Katie Wilson (England), Caroline Jones (Scotland)
                                                                                                                                                 Since then I have just wanted to achieve more, a spark
      commitment on and off the field; playing for my country                                                                                     which even helped me to fulfil my dream of getting into                                  Scholarship Scheme). Now I
      was a huge honour. However, all the values I feel I have     me progress, not only in sport but in life as well. For that                  veterinary college. Last year, in the summer of SFC2, I                                 can keep working towards my
      gained from sport came from College: the comradeship,        I feel grateful to College, in particular to the sports staff                 was asked to run for Great Britain for the first time in                                 veterinary career and my next
      team-work, loyalty, knowing how to lose (unfortunately)      for everything they have taught me and, no doubt, many                        the 4x400m relay at the Loughborough International. I                                   dream: 2012.
      and leadership that we were all taught so well have helped   others.                                                                       remember opening my selection letter in the science
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     S              P                 O                  T                 L                I                G                  H                  T
                                                                                                                                                          News from
                                                                                        Exciting new talent                                               St.Hilda's East

                                                                                         Sarah Hopkinson                                 (St Clare)       Following last Autumn’s appeal in The Slab for St. Hilda’s
                                                                                                                                                          East’s community centre extension, we were deeply
                                                                                         Sarah is the latest international competitor at CLC. At 14       touched to receive donations from individual Guild
                                                                                         she was the youngest member of a team of ten boys and            members. Along with a generous £10,000 donation from
                                                                                         ten girls that represented GB at the World Schools Games         Guild, these enabled St. Hilda’s to start work on a brand
                                                                                         in Greece at the end of June 2006. In a large field of 21         new, three-storey development, completed in May.
                                                                                         runners, she competed against girls up to two years older
                                                                                         than her. Sarah ran a superb tactical race to sprint clear       St. Hilda’s is now able to provide much improved
                                                                                         of the field in the final 200 metres and cross the line in         facilities for the community. Young people enjoy their
                                                                                         4 minutes 23.74 seconds to win the gold medal in the             own dedicated space, pensioners’ activities take place in
                                                                                         1500m. Prior to this she had already set a UK Age 14 record      more accessible and larger areas, and a new roof garden
                                                                                         for the 2000m steeplechase when finishing third in the            is available for use by all. Activities range from toddlers’
                                                                                         Inter Counties Senior Championship. This is a name and           play sessions to social support for older people.
                                                                                         a face to watch!                                                 St. Hilda’s East continues to be needed just as much as
                                                                                                                                                          when it was established by Guild in 1889. The East End
                                                                                                                                                          area of London surrounding the centre is marked by             Crèche. £31,000 has been secured for much-needed
                                                                                                                                                          unemployment, low educational achievement and social           improvements to the outside area. However, we still need

     Someone we
                                                                                                                                                          divisions. St. Hilda’s East relies on support from many        £6,000 for the full cost of the work, including wall toys
                                                                                                                                                          sources to deliver its services – with funds especially        and seating for children.
                                                                                                                                                          needed at the moment for:                                      Any help towards these projects is very welcome, both

     cannot forget                                                                                                                                        Girls' Project. Following the end of a one-off grant this
                                                                                                                                                          project is desperate for funds to keep its regular after
                                                                                                                                                          school sessions open, especially for girls 11-13 in their
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         direct contributions or ideas (e.g. company or charity
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         contacts). For more information please contact Rupert
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Williams at, telephone 020 7739
                                                                                                                                                          early years of senior school.
     Anyone who has enjoyed sport at school will have fond
     memories of the staff who worked with them. One College

     name that has been mentioned very frequently is Shelagh
     Davson, who is still a familiar figure around town and is
     reliably to be found at Guild events. Mary Eyre expressed

     her gratitude to Shelagh in her acceptance speech for her
     MBE. Several correspondents regretted they did not have
     any photographs including Shelagh, so we hunted out
     one or two to refresh your memories.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         new amphitheatre in which Rebecca (a famous actress-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         in-the-making aged 14) treated us to a poetry recital! We
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         found my first classroom which really hadn’t changed at
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         all, except for the furniture. Lower Hall, where we took
                           When it comes to health cover it pays                                                                                                                                                         exams, brought back not such nice memories. Trying
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         to remember which was the prefects’ room, where the
                              to be a Member of the Guild                                                                                                                                                                Bunny Run was and what the rules were about the Milky
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Way was difficult but we could remember everything
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         about the Princess Hall. It brought back memories
               25% Off BUPA personal medical insurance for all Guild members                                                                                                                                             of the ordeal of reading the lesson in Prayers, the joy
                Most of us would like the security of quality personal medical insurance but not everyone can afford it.                                                                                                 of seeing your parents in the Visitors’ Gallery and the
           However, the Guild, through IHC, has negotiated a Special 25%* discount on the BUPACare scheme for all members.                                                                                               announcement by Miss Hampshire, “I shall be away from
                                                      There is a range of benefits available, including*                                                                                                                  College for a few days” whenever there was racing on at
       • extensive medical cover with one of BUPA’s most comprehensive schemes                                                                                                                                           Cheltenham! Caroline was very amused by our stories
       • access to consultants and treatment at the earliest opportunity                                                                                                                                                 of having the length of our hems checked by staff who
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         made us kneel on the floor – woe betide any pupil with
       • usually the privacy of your own room with en-suite bathroom                                                                                      As part of our mother’s celebrations for her 80th birthday
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         a skirt that didn’t touch the floor! We were particularly
       • convenience of choosing where and when you have hospital treatment from a network of participating hospitals                                     we were gathering together as a family in the Cotswolds.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         interested in the new Art Wing especially as our mother is
       • the reassurance of being with the UK’s leading independent health cover provider                                                                 She asked if we could perhaps visit CLC where she
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         an artist. It was a very special day in a very special place
                                                                                                                                                          had spent many hours visiting her three daughters so I
       • the option to include other members of your family at the same discount                                                                                                                                         which perhaps, as pupils, we had not fully appreciated.
                                                                                                                                                          contacted Caroline Harris who kindly arranged for Maria,
       BUPA exists purely for the benefit of its customers, reinvesting profits in health and care.                                                                                                                        The sense of history, tradition and the desire to move
                                                                                                                                                          Charlotte, myself, our three husbands, Charlotte’s three
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         with the times was very prevalent. A big thank you
                      *Terms & Conditions are available on request and subject to certain eligibility criteria, all members will be fully underwritten.   children and, of course, my mother to visit. We reported
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         to Caroline and her colleague, for making our visit so
                                                                                                                                                          to the Porters’ Lodge as requested and immediately
                                       For more information, just call IHC on 08702 012 012                                                                                                                              special, especially for our mother.
                                                                                                                                                          chorused, “This is where we used to leave our sacks!”.
                                      or email us at Lines are open Mon-Fri 9am-5pm.                                                      The courtyard was very much the same but we loved the          Julie Arkle (Warrington, 1964-1970, St Bridget’s)

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                                                                                                                                                              Report from
                                                                                                                                                              Reunion May 2006
                                                                                                                                                              This year’s Guild Biennial was combined with a reunion
                                                                                                                                                              for those who left College 1956-65 and also for those who
                                                                                                                                                              were celebrating twenty years since they last heard The
                                                                                                                                                              Cornelius March played in the PH.
                                                                                                                                                              Some of us were fortunate enough to have attended the               Mrs Diana Hodgson, Mrs Liza Wormell, Mrs Gaye Smith and Dr Margie Leigh
                                                                                                                                                              Leavers’ Concerto Concert on the Friday evening, when
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   of staff leaving this summer. Tea followed the lacrosse
                                                                                                                                                              we marvelled at the standard of all the musicians and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   match at Farnley Lodge and then there was the option
                                                                                                                                                              particularly at the poise and talent of the soloists. An early
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   to attend Jazz and Jalfrezi in the evening, joining girls,
                                                                                                                                                              start on Saturday saw us seated in the PH for prayers to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   parents and friends of College too. Our thanks to College
                                                                                                                                                              listen to the Principal tell us of the life and times of a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   for their very kind hospitality and welcome. “Please may
                                                                                                                                                              College girl, Vera Hope Carmichael, who had attended
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   we come back soon?”
                                                                                                                                                              during Miss Beale’s tenure. Her daughter, Joyce Carew,
                                                                                                                                                              also a Guild member and former member of staff, now                  Mary Blackburn (Symons, 1956-62)
                                                                                                                                                              aged 94, had sent letters, photographs and other papers
                                                                                                                                                              to Mrs Tuck.
                                                                                                                                                              We were then guided to the Lower Hall where we drank
                                                                                                                                                              coffee and ate delicious pastries; College is so much more
                                                                                                                                                              civilised and sophisticated now! After the Guild AGM we

     Report from Regions
                                                                                                                                                              had many choices of programme: archives; film shows
                                                                                                                                                              from 1953 and the 150th birthday year; tours; attending
                                                                                                                                                              the choral society rehearsal; joining activities which
                                                                                                                                                              included silk screen printing and jewellery making. I
     Suffolk, Essex                                                                                                                                           chose the latter and went with a group escorted by three
                                                                                      in members’ homes but occasionally taking the pressure                  enthusiastic, charming and polite LC1 girls who made
     On April 27th 2006, Lady Fairbairn (Victoria Henderson)
                                                                                      off hostesses, by visiting a restaurant or country pub. It              sure we did not get lost and saw all that we wished to
     entertained a number of Guild members to a delightful
                                                                                      was felt that the most important feature was fellowship                 see.
     lunch at her home in Newmarket. The sun shone on us
     and on the equine residents of Newmarket - to whom the                           and shared memories with other old College “girls”.                     Lunch was served in the PH, where we tended to sit with our
     traffic must give way. We welcomed a number of younger                            Our next meeting is planned for 27 September in a                       former housemates or classmates. It was all very informal
     members and after lunch several people went on to visit                          village pub in Kersey in Suffolk. Next spring we will be in             but an added bonus was that we were allowed to bring a
     the gardens of Anglesey Abbey.                                                   Dedham where we hope to visit The Munnings Collection.                  guest so there was a smattering of brave husbands and
                                                                                      We have a number of members from nearby counties and                    partners. Vicky Tuck welcomed us with great warmth and
     Recently, in order to consider possible changes to our
                                                                                      any Guild member is welcome to our meetings. Please                     told us of College’s plans and achievements. Jenny Tudge,        Mrs Mary Mossford,
     meeting arrangements, we conducted a survey of our                                                                                                                                                                        Mrs Dorothy Watkin
                                                                                      contact the Hon. Sec. Lady Fairbairn at Barkway House,                  Development Director, reminded us that College needs             and Mr Mike Watkin
     members who have been meeting every six months for
                                                                                      Bury Road, Newmarket, Suffolk CB8 8JB.                                  its Old Girls to keep in touch and, if possible, support its
     more than fifty years. There was an enthusiastic 95%
                                                                                                                                                              development for future generations. Presentations were
     response, with most people wishing to continue to meet                           Dr Diana Swallow (Nicol, 1950-1957, Hatherley Court)
                                                                                                                                                              made on behalf of Guild by the Chairman to members

     Report from Far East 2006                                                                                          During the Easter holiday the
                                                                                                                        Principal and I visited five
                                                                                                                        locations in Asia: Singapore,
                                                                                                                                                        Napawong Snidvongs (1994-1999) and Catherine van Zeeland
                                                                                                                                                        (1993-2000) acted as our hosts for the afternoon and those
                                                                                                                                                        attending enjoyed speeches from Vicky Tuck and Surapee
                                                                                         Brunei, Bangkok, Hong Kong and Shanghai, to meet Guild         Rojanavongse. Proud Limpongpan, a current SFC1 student, also
                                                                                         members across the generations. Everywhere we were             provided an insight into College life today.
                                                                                         overwhelmed by the warmth of our reception and the             Given the enthusiasm we experienced, we decided to employ a
                                                                                         generosity of our hosts. The receptions provided a wonderful   2006 leaver, Heimunn Li, to work on behalf of Guild in Hong Kong
                                                                                         opportunity for current CLC girls to make connections with     over the summer in the hope of maintaining and enhancing the
                                                                                         former pupils in many different walks of life and for Guild    communication between College and the many Guild members
                                                                                         members to meet old friends and to make some new ones.         in the Far East. We hope to launch a web page dedicated to Guild
                                                                                         In Bangkok members of the Development Committee,               members and activities in the Far East on the Guild website in
                                                                                         made up of Guild members and current parents, combined         the Autumn; do send us your news and photographs.
                                                                                         to organise a presentation during the reception at The         Thank you to all those of you who attended the events last
                                                                                         Peninsula Hotel. The presentation was a celebration of the     Easter: your continued support is extremely valuable to us. We         Principal and Jenny
                                                                                         Thai Guild members such as Khunying Jada Wattanasiritham                                                                              Tudge at the China
                                                                                                                                                        look forward to seeing you again in the not-too-distant future         Club, Hong Kong
                                                                                         (Krishnamra,1958-1964), President of the Siam Commercial       and extend a warm invitation to Guild members from all over            with Guild Members
                                                                                         Bank, Pim Praphai Bisalputra (1973- 1975), Guild Area          the world to visit us here in Cheltenham whenever you are in
                                                                                         Rep. for Thailand, and Surapee Rojanavongse (1951-1953)        the UK.
                                                                                         President of AHPADA.
                                                                                                                                                        Jenny Tudge Development Director

                      Vicky Tuck with current girls at the Peninsula Hotel, Bangkok                                                                                                                                                                  Surapee Rojanavongse in Bangkok
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     How well do
     you know                                                                                                                                                 Ten years on
     the retiring                                                                                                                                             In 1996 I approached the prospect of retirement with
                                                                                                                                                              pleasurable anticipation. I had greatly enjoyed all the
                                                                                                                                                              stages of my career and to spend the last few years

     staff?                                                                                                                                                   as Principal of The Cheltenham Ladies’ College had
                                                                                                                                                              been a great privilege but I was ready to relinquish the
                                                                                                                                                              responsibilities and there were many things I wanted
     We sent out our moles (this year’s Guild                                                                                                                 to do which could not be done while I was working.
     Award winners) to discover all sorts of                                                                                                                  I had no specific plans, there had never been time
                                                                Head of PE          Head of          Peter Smart,       Head of Modern     Head of Learning
     secrets and memories of college from five                  Mrs Susie         Geography         Works Manager         Languages          Support and
                                                                                                                                                              to make them, and a planned existence was what I
     members of staff who retired at the end of                 Matthews         Mrs Linda King         in the          Mrs Jackie Snell    English teacher   wanted to leave behind. I looked forward to having              hate fund-raising! I served for a time on the Board of
                                                                                                     Estates Dept                             Mrs Linda       my own home and garden again, to making more use of a
     last term, having amassed an astonishing                                                                                                 Armitage                                                                        the Cheltenham Festivals and on the Committee of the
     153 years of service between them.                                                                                                                       house I shared with a friend in the South of France and to      Literature Festival. There have been meals-on-wheels to
                                                                                                                                                              travelling outside the school holidays. In time I thought I     deliver and occasional sessions in the village charity shop,
                                                                    f to retire this                                                                          would find some voluntary work, which would be outside           to say nothing of Art History classes. I have managed to
                                        t serving m   ember of staf                                                                                           the field of education, but I would now be able to read all
                        as the longes                   work for CLC
                                                                        ?                                                                                                                                                     fit in the travelling I intended and been to all sorts of
        1) a) Who w                    d this person                                                                                                          the great literature I always meant to read and watch old
            b) How m     any years di                                                                                                                                                                                         fascinating places - highlights probably being visits to
                                                                                                                                                              films in the afternoon!
                                            e snack was                                                                                                                                                                       Cambodia and Ethiopia. Often, though, I have still found
                          urite breaktim
         2) Whose favo                                                                                                                                        Looking back I am amazed that so many years have passed.        myself on holiday in busy times because meetings are
              a) pain au ch                      ?                                                                                                            There has been no boredom and certainly no old films             fewer during the peak holiday season!
                               es with butter
              b) cherry scon                                                                                                                                  while much of the world’s great literature still remains        1 know that I have been fortunate to have good health
              c) cheese scon                                                                                                                                  unread. I have appreciated my own house and garden              and have tried to keep fit with swimming (at CLC) walking
                                           f for                                                                                                              and the large village just outside Cheltenham where I
                          f were told of                 a Saturday?                                                                                                                                                          and tennis. My computer skills have improved (how I
          3) Which staf                 to College on                                                                                                         chose to live, although I do not find myself giving much
               a) weari  ng trousers                                                                                                                                                                                          missed a secretary) and I can keep in touch with family
                               hoody in Col
                                                lege?                                                off? (there                                              time to them; nor have I spent much more time than I
               b) wearing a                                                          and was told                                                                                                                             and friends - very important when one lives alone.
                                                                   ings in the 70s                                                                            ever did in my house in France which we have recently
                                                    College build
                                  talking in the                                                                                                                                                                              Ten years on I feel as though I have had a wonderfully
           4) W  ho got caught                      Colle ge then)                                                                                            sold. Finding occupation has proved no difficulty and
                                 silence rule in                                                                                                                                                                              happy, fulfilled and, I hope, useful period of my life.
                was a general                                                                                      in
                                                                                                                                                              while it has all been voluntary some has even been paid
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Perhaps I should have taken on a little less and involved
                             wn the Oxfor
                                              d staircase?                                         ting her early                                             and it has kept me very busy.
            5) Who fell do                                                          to avoid mee                                                                                                                              myself rather more in my immediate community but now
                                                                    in the library
                                                    pshire hiding                                                                                             I had, during my time at Cheltenham, managed to remain          that I have retired a second time (from the Bench and the
                                 ht by Miss Ham
            6) Who was caug                                                                                                                                   a Magistrate and membership of the Gloucester Bench             Police Authority) I shall have more time to do just that,
                 the morning?                                       n book?                                                                                   was to provide the basis for my voluntary work. I took on       to say nothing of expanding my reading and my interest
                                                     College Hym                                   joining in?
                               pu  t together the                                  e whole class
                                                                                                                                                              more responsibility on the Bench and in 1999 became a           in Art History, if I survive the fourteen days of walking
             7) Who helped                                     en ded up with th                                                                              Magistrate member of the Gloucestershire Police Authority.
                                                assroom and                                             ly!) only to                                                                                                          on the Pilgrim Route to Santiago I plan to attempt in
                              ggles in the cl                                          pants (yes real
             8) Who got gi                                          an  d orange hot                   u possibly
                                                                                                                                                              This has offered a fascinating experience in a world entirely   September.
                                                    of lime green                     ) ‘How can yo
                              to  work in a pair                  her   usual tweeds                      skirts up
                                                                                                                                                              new to me. The work was demanding and responsible
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Enid Castle (Principal 1987-1996)
              9) Who came                          l (dressed in                           wearing your                                                       and I found myself among other things chairing quarterly
                   be asked by    Miss Bramwel                        u if you insist on
                                                      respect for yo                                                                                          public meetings and, together with the local inspector,
                                     s to have any
                   expect the girl                                                                              eems                                          answering questions and hearing complaints.          I sat on
                                    bottom?’                                                   der instead? (S
                    around your                                                en a dog bree
                                                             would have be                                                                                    a committee supervising the construction of the new
                                             a teacher who
               10) If th ey hadn’t been                                                                                                                       Police Headquarters and was grateful for the experience
                                     ative - Ed.)                                                       by girls down
                     an odd altern                                                       ith precision                                                        of development that CLC had offered me. I chaired
                                                                        wels (aimed w
                                                       head by wet to                                                                                         the Audit Committee and became quite knowledgeable
                                     get hit on the
                11 ) Who used to                          pool?                                                                                               about administration and finance. It all involved a steep
                                       ute) at the CLC
                      the laundry ch                                                                                                                          learning curve but was always interesting, although facing
                                        also taught at                                                                                                        HMI was much like facing OFSTED and I learned that if
                 12) W  hose spouse
                                                                                                                                                              schools feel that they face too much inspection they have
                                                                                                                                                              nothing on the police.
                                                    Answers                                                                                                   Other involvements came along too and included the
                                                                            9)                                                                                Friends of the Gloucester Three Choirs which has meant
                                                     taught maths until 199
                                                                         ll                  7) Mrs Armitage              c) Mrs Armitage                     particularly busy Summers each time the Festival has
                                                   12) Mrs Snell (Mr Sne
                                                                                             6) Mr Smart                  b) Mrs King                         been held in Gloucester; friends retreat when I try to
                                                   11) Mr Smart
                                                                                             5) Mrs King                2) a) Mrs Matthews                    sell them tickets for our latest fund-raising event and I
                                                   10) Mrs Matthews
                                                                                             4) Mrs King                  years at Sidney Lodge
                                                              9) Mrs King                                                                           4
                                                                                                                           b) 46 years for CLC and
                                                              8) Mrs Armitage                   b) Mrs Matthews         1) a) Mr Peter Smart
                                                                                              3) a) Mrs Snell                                   lows:
                                                                                                                         The answers are as fol
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     Retrospective'06                                               Letters to the editor
     This exciting art exhibition, the first of its kind for CLC,
     took place at Gallery 27, Cork Street, London, from 20-
     24 February 2006. Fifteen artists, all former pupils of        I asked you to write to me with your memories and I am            Lorna still has her sack and its contents in her attic! Many
     CLC, exhibited their work; we were delighted to show           delighted to say that some of you have - and wonderful            of you remember the “sack dumps” where you dropped
     such a broad spectrum of styles and age groups. We were        stories you have to tell me. Some are direct answers to           off your sacks in the evening and they were transported to
     particularly honoured to exhibit an original gouache           my questions, others are a complete surprise. I have had          school for you to pick up in the morning. Apparently this
     painting by Bridget Riley and she generously donated the       great fun combining your tales so that I can share them           was to protect our posture but interestingly Lorna tells us
     proceeds of it sale to College.                                with you all.                                                     that in the 50s the transport of sacks back to the house
     Over the course of the week we welcomed 237 visitors                                                                             occurred at lunchtime and in the afternoon you had to
     to the exhibition, some of whom had travelled a                Many of you pointed out that the Silks were originally
                                                                                                                                      carry your own sacks to and fro. Susan remembers the
     considerable distance to see the works of art and to meet      made of silk. Margaret Lacey ((Peggy) Torrance, 1935-
                                                                                                                                      sacks being transported by a horse drawn cab; Margaret
     old friends. The highlight of the week was a Champagne         1941, Sidney Lodge) tells me that in 1935 the “best dresses
                                                                                                                                      reports them travelling in a cart; Lorna tells me there was
     Reception: 200 guests and the artists joined us to celebrate   were made of heavy cream tussore” (an oriental moth
                                                                                                                                      a small lorry and I can remember a white van! The mode
     Retrospective’06 and purchase the wonderful works of art       that produces brownish silk). Susan Hillyard (Watt,1938–
                                                                                                                                      of travel seems to have changed faster than the design of
     that were on display.                                          1943, Cowley Manor) explains that the green silks were
                                                                                                                                      school bag! Rachel Roberts, who looks after the College
                                                                    part of “Miss Popham’s new look uniform” when the
     The week was a great success and we were thrilled to raise                                                                       archives, has on display one of the hand carts. If anyone
                                                                    uniform changed from navy blue to green. “There were
     over £25,000 for the Bursaries Fund.                                                                                             can remember when the transport of the sacks stopped
                                                                    two designs: a gathered top for juniors, considered more
     We should like to thank Tara Healey (1978-1983, Farnley                                                                          she would love to know.
                                                                    attractive by us, and a square neck with pin tucks for the
     Lodge) for her enthusiasm and hard work, and all the           seniors”. There was a problem, though, because during             I am told that the original Slab “stood just to the right (as
     other artists for being involved and so generously donating    the war not everyone could afford a green silk as well as         you faced the Grand Staircase) of the big door which led
     a percentage of their sales to the CLC Bursaries Fund.         a white confirmation dress so Miss Popham did allow the            in from the Quad”. Only prefects were allowed to use it. If
     Our gratitude also goes to Guild members Rosemary              occasional white Silk. This seems to have been resolved           you wanted to communicate with someone you gave the
     Saïd and Siobhán Gillespie of Haynes Hanson & Clark,           eventually by allowing girls to be confirmed in green.             message to your Head of House and she would put it on
     Wine Merchants, for helping us to make this event such         Lorna Blakeney (Shepherdson, 1948–1953, St Margaret’s)            the Slab for the Head of House of the recipient to collect
     a success.                                                     tells us that the dresses changed from “a rather hideous          and deliver. There would be talk of “leaving a message on
                                                                    garment that buttoned up to the neck to a much more               the Slab” but the use of Slab as a verb is a modern twist.
                                                                    attractive shirt-waist style with a shawl collar” but they were
                                                                                                                                      Miss Beale’s Bonnet was strictly out of bounds, although
                                                                    still made of silk at that time. Interestingly, the summer
                                                                                                                                      that does not mean that no one went there. I haven’t been
                                                                    cotton dresses had a small floral pattern and were known
                                                                                                                                      given any names but one offender also found Miss Beale’s
                                                                    as “cabbages”, a name which stuck for a while even when
                                                                                                                                      tricycle and was only just persuaded not to ride it down
                                                                    the dresses changed to a check.
                                                                                                                                      the Marble Corridor!
                                                                    The consensus seems to suggest that the “Sacks” were
                                                                                                                                      Rosalind Potter (Roworth, 1956-1962, St Hilda’s) did go
                                                                    called this because they were made of canvas and leather
                                                                                                                                      up into the dome legitimately in 1961 as part of a project
                                                                    rather then after the French “Sac”. We don’t know when
                                                                                                                                      on Georgian Cheltenham. This was a Cotswold Club
                                                                    they were actually introduced but Susan and Margaret
                                                                                                                                      special exercise contributing to the Cheltenham Society.
                                                                    both describe their sacks and they appear to have been
                                                                                                                                      She has very fond memories of the Cotswold Club and
                                                                    unchanged from their introduction until they were phased
                                                                                                                                      “lived for the Saturday activities organised by Miss Dobbin
                                                                    out around 2002 with the introduction of the back pack.
                                                                                                                                      and Miss Nicholls”.

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     Perhaps not surprisingly it appears that many generations     Finally I have to share with you a poem sent to me by
     introduced an alternative name for lavatories: “The Aunts”,   Susan. It appears Miss Beale was not the only person to
     “Panks” and “Honks”, to name but three. Goodness knows        rely on self propelled transport.
     the origin of some of these but it is interesting that they
     have repeatedly changed. Most people remember “The              Brammy has a little bike;
     bunny run” but I had not heard that the three corridors         we do not know its make.
     of the music wing were called “Heaven, Earth and Hell”          It has a little bag in front
     before: I wonder why?
                                                                     and a basket in its wake.
     Another surprise is that since Miss Popham (known as
     “Pops or Popeye”) chose to live in a flat in College rather      Going down to College,
     than in Cotswold House. The latter was used for teaching        one fine day in May,
     and became “the Domestic Science House, for post-O              She nearly ran us over so
     Level girls who would not be sitting A Levels but were
     doing Domestic Science instead.”
                                                                     we go another way.
                                                                   Sadly Susan has not sent me the house rhyme about her
                                                                   “house ma’am, of very uncertain temper on accounts
                                                                   Please do keep writing. I should particularly like to hear
                                                                   about other societies that you enjoyed and if any other
                                                                   honorary members would like to follow in Enid Castle’s
                                                                   footsteps and let us know what they have been up to since
                                                                   they left I should be delighted to hear from them.
                                                                   Anne Perkins Editor

                                                                                                                                1950s sacks - if anyone recognises herself we should love to hear from them!

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Forthcoming Events
Please contact the Guild Office if you would like to attend any of the events listed below.
Email: or telephone 01242 256581

Sunday 5 November
CLC Firework Party
                                                             SPRING TERM
                                                             Saturday 3 February
                                                             Principal’s Lecture Series:
in aid of St Hilda’s East                                    speaker to be confirmed
7.00 pm on Farnley Field                                     11.20 am to 1.00 pm in PH, followed by lunch

Thursday 9 November                                          Saturday 10 March
Centenary Debate CLC vs Guild                                Drinks Reception for donors
11.00 am to 1.10 pm in PH, followed by lunch                 to the Organ Fund
                                                             6.00 pm in GCR
Thursday 9 November
Dorothea Beale Centenary Dinner                              Inaugural Organ Concert
Speaker - Professor Jocelyn Bell Burnell
                                                             by Dame Gillian Weir
                                                             7.30 pm in PH
Drinks at 6.30 pm in GCR followed by dinner at 7.30 pm in
PH. £50 per ticket, with £30 going towards the Observatory   Friday 23 March
Restoration Project
                                                             Guild Honorary Members
Friday 10 November                                           Drinks Party
Centenary Concert                                            6.00 pm in GCR
with St Hilda’s East                                         LC3 Musical – My Fair Lady
7.00 pm at St Giles’ Church, Cripplegate, Fore Street,       7.00 pm in PH
London EC2

Thursday 23 November                                         SUMMER TERM
Combined Concert                                             Friday 11 May
with Cheltenham College                                      Leavers’ Concert
7.30 pm at Cheltenham College Chapel                         7.30 pm in PH
Wednesday 29 November                                        Saturday 12 May
Principal’s Lecture Series:                                  Guild AGM and College Reunion
Barbara Cassani, former leader                               for Guild members and former
of London’s 2012 Olympic bid
                                                             pupils who left College in 1987
7.30 pm in PH, followed by drinks
                                                             and between 1966–1975
Thursday 30 November
Reception and Private Viewing of                             AU T U M N T E R M
Míla Judge-Fürstová’s latest exhibition
at the Czech Center in New York                              Saturday 8 September
Time tbc                                                     2006 and 2007 Leavers’ Lunch
Thursday 7, Friday 8 and Saturday 9                          Date tbc
Sixth Form Production – The                                  Saturday 13 October
Willow Pattern by Judith Johnson                             Principal’s Lecture Series:
7.30 pm in PH                                                Professor Steve Jones, Professor of Genetics at UCL
                                                             11.20 am to 1.00 pm in PH, followed by lunch
Friday 15 December
Bellis Society Drinks Party
6.00 pm in Cotswold House
College Christmas Concert
7.30 pm in PH

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