The Reunion for the 101st anniversary was inevitably on a smaller scale than last year's, but there were eight tables ready for more than sixty guests, and welcomes from the hostesses, Janet Creighton-Kelly and Janet Steeples.
Janet S was ideally attired for the warm May day, fabric from overseas and the dress made by herself.
Janet CK, also the editor of the rejuvenated Bulletin, met regular guests among our veterans.
Margaret Hilliker (Bond), Harry Stanley (Curly) and Mary Thomas (Dudley), the trio who helped to launch the early reunions.
Our authoress, Cynthia Chandler and her daughter, Rosemary Searle, an amateur genealogist and local historian, came with fresh insights into our history.
And veteran Alfred Solomon, ex Royal Navy and much else besides, is now in his 89th year, with an article about his adventurous life sent to Janet, appearing in the July Magazine.
Harry brought his school photo scroll from 1946 - amazing how durable these records remain!
This atmospheric collection may help recall the flow of conversation, reminiscence, laughter and in-jokes ranging from the 30's to the 50's - apologies to anyone omitted:
At the close of this lively Reunion, Harry Stanley gave the sad news that Dennis was in very poor health.
He spoke for all in praising the work of both Janets, and looked forward to our meeting again.
The applause echoed his sentiments, and members can now await the July Bulletin, already in preparation!
FOR THE RECORD, TABLE PLANS: TABLES AT REUNION 2011 Table one - 1937-1940 Alfred Solomon Edith Sykes Les Buchan Cynthia chandler Rosemary Searle Daphne Ranger Jacqueline Sadler Table Two - 1939 Ernest Porter Patricia Porter Kenneth Phillpot Pamela Garnham Jane Day Peter Daniels Audrey Daniels Peggy Picco Table Three - 1941-44 Delia Bristow Maggie Bristow Hazel Dowd Pat Risley Patrick Packer Mary Wrighton Mary Eastaff Diane Cotterell Margaret Lake Table 4 - 1945-47 Margret Hilliker Harry Stanley Mary Thomas Peggy Parlett Frances Matthews June Gaywood Bob Gaywood John Frost Table 5 - 1947 Doreen Neild Kevin Neild Rodney Berry Jean Berry Nancy Henchley Myra Diemer Wendy Mullett Table 6 - 1946-48 Frances Stracey Audrey Daborn Patricia Williamson Nick Nicholls Pat Nicholls Bob Coleman Marion Coleman Maureen Shipp Iris Bower Janet Creighton-Kelly Table 7 - 1950 John Low David Smith Jillian Paul Eileen Poole John and Mrs. Martin Gillian Gray Janet South Table 8 - 1950-53 Sheila Wenban Les Green Marian Green Janet Steeples Howard Freeman Doreen Freeman Christine Haines Lillian Smith Rita Wicker
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