It gives me a warm buzzy feeling every time a new past student of Lightwater’s Paddock Wood Finishing School connects to past friends through this blog. I’ll not explain why here, as I’ve already done so in A happy ending to my Paddock Wood Girls Finishing School project, which contains links to all my blog posts on the subject.
One thing I haven’t reported on was the splendid reunion in June this year. Over 40 past students attended the reunion, with some travelling from Mexico, Columbia, Chile, Venezuela, Holland, Madeira, and all over the UK. I thought it would make the day a bit special to visit our Council chamber, and for me as Mayor to offer a short eulogy to the school. You can see photos of the event on the fstopstills website.
You might be wondering why people travelled so far for a reunion. Well, in talking to some of the past students, it was the ethos of the school, school founder Mrs Rosette Savill’s strength of character, and most importantly the fact that girls from different countries roomed together, and struck up enduring friendships.
The wonderful Pippa Anderson, a past student herself, organised this first reunion, has created the past students association, the Facebook group, and the Friends Reunited page. Pippa’s ever-expanding database of past students has, I think, over 120 names.
I continue to be delighted to receive posts on this blog from past students, which helps Pippa grow her database. However, it’s the student association, Facebook and Friends Reunited that will bring greater rewards of contact with past students, than this little blog can hope to do.