Lightwater’s famous Paddock Wood Girls Finishing School

In my second Friday Fact  I noted a probable reason for the demise of Paddock Wood Girls Finishing School in Lightwater.

I promised myself  to provide an update to the fascinating story behind the foundation and demise of the school. I can now tell the story, with information mostly derived from articles in the press during the 1960’s and 70’s, provided by Surrey Heath Museum, and with a bit of ‘googling’ by me.

Mrs Rosette Savill

Mrs Rosette Savill

Mrs Rosette Savill, a Monagasque [from Monte Carlo], was in 1939 running a successful couturier business in London. On the outbreak of the WWII, feeling this occupation inappropriate during wartime, she closed her business, and joined General de Gaulle’s Free French Forces, becoming a Welfare Officer. With the help of her husband and distinguished friends she set up and financed twelve clubs for officers and men.

The following is from an articles published in 1975:

In 1941, Mrs Savill, her husband and her two sons moved to Paddock Wood, in Lightwater, which was later to become the Finishing School. The place was chosen because there was a French Military Hospital and large French Camp in Camberley. She also set up at her new home, under massive security, a secret reception centre for the French Resistance Movement, where agents could rest between spells of duty in occupied France. At the same time she and her husband converted the coach-house and stable-block of their property into a convalescent home where armless or legless French soldiers were trained to use artificial limbs supplied by Roehampton.

 In 1967 Mrs Savill was awarded one France’s highest honours, the local press reported:

Three years ago French Government officials began inquiries into Mrs. Savill’s wartime activities. They spoke to refugees and fighting men who fled to this country after the fall of France in 1940. 

Secret agents who trained for resistance in a secluded house in Chobham Road, Camberley, were interviewed. So were blind and limbless heroes who recuperated at Paddock Wood. They questioned survivors from Nazi concentration camps who were brought to Paddock Wood the after the end of the war.

For Mrs Savill helped them all. She started by organising a committee to raise money for refugees pouring into Britain. She threw open her own elegant home at Paddock Wood as a country retreat for resistance fighters before they returned to France.

 Back to the 1975 article, it continued:

For three years after the war Mrs Savill and her husband ran a Summer school at Paddock Wood, at first for the children of French Officers, who, having returned to France with a great affection for England, wished their children to learn English, then later, for students from all over Europe.

In 1949 Mrs Savill decided to open a full scale Finishing School. In this project she was greatly helped and encouraged by the four patrons of Paddock Wood. Among these personalities, with whom she had worked very closely during the war, were Lady Cynthia Colville, Lady-in-Waiting to the then Queen, and much concerned with young women’s education; and Lord Bessborough, a former Governor General of Canada. With the support of her patrons, and with her highly original system of mixing the academic, the practical, and the gracious in her syllabus, the Finishing School was an instant success.” 

To get a flavour of the school, here’s the story of a pupil who was among the last debutantes. Well-known for her Dance School in Camberley, Lorna Timms was once a teacher of deportment and etiquette at the school.

But by November 1982 the local press were reporting, ‘Cash crisis at girls’ school’. The report said:

A financial crisis is forcing an exclusive girls’ finishing school to suspend operations at Christmas. The crisis has resulted from a decline in the number of of pupils due to the recession and political troubles abroad.

A couple of years ago Paddock Wood lost its Iranian pupils as a result of the revolution there. This year a couple of South American girls went home as a result of the Falklands crisis.

Sad demise, yes, but the school house remains, having been converted into flats. Also a large part of the gardens remain, including the ornamental lake and bridge, and wonderful Wellingtonia trees.

Oh yes, and I live in what were the grounds of the school, as do many hundreds of others. Happy to do so, just as I am.

98 thoughts on “Lightwater’s famous Paddock Wood Girls Finishing School

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  2. I’ve been a pupil of Paddock Wood Finishing School in 1974-75.
    It’s been such a good year.
    I loved it, and learned a lot.

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  3. Anyone remember me? I was a pupil from 1968-1976 . incredible isn’t it? I was there every year for 5 weeks in the sommer time.

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  5. I attended Paddock Wood in 1965 – what a wonderful start that gave me. I came from Kenya and I really wish I’d known more about Mrs Savill’s earlier life. Reunion would be a great idea.

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  6. I attended Paddock Wood when I was 17/18 but cannot remember exactly, I am 66 now, born in 1943. I had a very happy time there. I remember Miss Cumming, Miss Adamson both teachers at the time and several pupils amongst them Joanna Le Broq. Does anyone remember me, my name was Susan Walker.

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  7. I was there in 1955/56 and was then Jennifer Miller. It would be lovely to find friends from that year, but I’ve not had any luck so far.

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  8. hi yasmine i think you were from iran . shohreh shubayry was my roomate.. sana my sister was us too. lobna and ani were in my roommates too .. is it you the one i know ???

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  9. laila.hijazi@@gmail.com was at paddock for one term in 1974.. sister sana was with me, roommates were shohreh ,ani, sana ,and lobna . one of friends was maryke v bergeyke from holland.. cant reach her

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  10. Hello, I’m Gisela from Barcelona in Spain. I went to the paddockwood about 3 years, from the 1973 to the 1975. The school was excellent. We did a lot of things…
    It was a fabulous school. I really enjoyed there!!!

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  11. hi GISELA .. i am sure we met ..i satyed only one term at paddock wood with my sister sana,, in 1974.. who were your friends ?? do you remeber these names :ANI , shohreh, marayke, cathrine, pat and leslie.. elisa , yambo,maria riera,marta duran, mercedes srruda from brasil and lobna ?these names where there when i was there .. yes i enjoyed there too .. laila

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  12. Hello, I am Teresa from Valencia, Spain I was at the school during the summers of 1975,1976, I had a great time there and I wanted to Know how to contact with the school to know if they still have summer courses thinking about my daughter that is now 10 years old

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  13. Hola Teresa, que tal estas? soy Gisela aún conservo tu dirección k me distes calle castellón nº 7 Valencia. Sigues viviendo allí? Sabes algo de las otras chicas que estuvieron en el colegio yo tengo las direcciones de las vascas, después había Cristina que también vivía en Barcelona, una de Portugal y después como nosotras decíamos las petro-dolares.
    Bueno me alegro muchisimo de haber comunicado contigo. Si vienes un día a Barcelona llamame te dejo mi mb es el 647486091.
    Un besote.

    Gisela

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  14. Hi……………… Yasmine. How are you? Do you remember me?
    I remember you, you are from Iran, you live in Teheran, your surname is Faisian. We were friends in the paddockwood!!! Do you remember the japanese girl, she´s name is Yumi?. And Teresita Sanchez and Assita Sayyah and Paola she´s from Portugal, and the Vasc people? Brigida, Sofia, Begoña, etc……
    My e-mail is giselaborras@yahoo.es . I wish that you will answer me. A lot of kisses and regards, your friend Gisela.

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  15. Hi…………. Laila. How are you? Thanks for remember me.
    I don´t remember where are you come from. I remember the girls of paddock wood, Yasmine, Teresita, Brigida, Begoña, Sofia, Paola is from Portugal no from Brasil, and you remember the Yumi Ozawa? She live´s in Osaka and she has two daughters. I have one, he has 14 years old.
    My email is giselaborras@yahoo.es.
    Do you want to write me?
    A lot of kisses and Regards, your spanish friend.

    Gisela

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  16. hi gesila , so sorry i dont think we me . even it seems the yasmine i knew at that time is not yasmine you know .. i sent her names of my friends she didnt answer .it is nice to meet you though we never met .. i was there in 1974.. with florence and elisa .. hope to hear from you soon … bye laila

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  17. I just found this page – I think I was there from 1976 to 1977. My surname then was Mallalieu and I am from St.Kitts in the West Indies. I shared a room with Pat from Thailand and Marayke from Japan – I think it was room 5, 1st floor ! I still stay in touch with Nikki Dunning from England, Helena Brookes from Zambia and Amal Khoury who still lives in England . When the school closed, I saw an article in the Sunday Times about a new Finishing School and realised that the people running it were Martine & Robert Frost so my husband and myself went to visit – we had such a lovely time and then we saw them a few times after that but lost touch. I bumped into Miss Fernely at Harvel Nichols once ! But I’d really love to know if the Frosts school ever survived – it was called the Campana Finisning School – I just remembered !! I’ll look it up now. I had the most wonderful year there and I still remember stories that I tell my husband about – I feel so happy to have had that experience.
    Claire Mallalieu-Rawson

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  18. I was in Paddock wood finishing school, in 1966&1967 if any of my friends can contact withmy e-mail address or my address in america,277 prospect ave., hackensack, NJ 07601usa. Ofcourse I was from Iran by the time.

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  19. ¡Hola Gisela!, ¿Te acuerdas de mi?
    Estuvimos contigo en Paddock, mi hermana Miren y yo varios veranos, ¿recuerdas?.
    Estosdías está todo revolucionado, no se a quien se le ha ocurrido buscar nombres al azar y hemos aparecido un montón de ex-alumnas…¡INCREÍBLE!
    Mi correo es manlie@wanadoo.es
    Me encantaría hablar contigo.
    Un besazo guapa.
    Marialuisa

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  20. ¡TERESITA!, preciosa…¿cómo estas?.
    Paddock Wood tiene grupo en facebook, mi correo es manlie@wanadoo.es
    Estoy deseando saber de tí, ¡cómo te cuidabamos mi hermana Miren y yo!, un besazo
    Marialuisa

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  21. Hola Maria Luisa!!!!!!!!!!
    Me ha hecho cantidad de ilusión que me localizaras es una pasada, que bien que ahora ya tenemos los correos y los tnos. Si vienes a Barcelona como ya te he dicho llamame vale.
    Es que aún no me lo puedo creer que después de tantos años me hayas encontrado es increible. Estoy super contenta.
    Un besazo muy grande. Dale mi tlf si encuentras a alguna o a tu hermana.
    Gise

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  22. Hi everybody!
    U was at Paddock Wood in the year 70-71. If Rebecca, Murray, Mandy, Pilar, or anyone else is reading this. Please contact me. I got to know so many peaple from all over the world. We were all friends, no politics. It was greate!
    Harriet

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  23. Hello Susan

    It’s only today that I read your message on this site! Of course, I remember you very well. We both were at Paddock Wood at the same time. From England you were only 4 or 5 girls. In all we were about 40 girls and from Switzerland, where I come from, we were only two, Rosemary from Basel and myself, Jacqueline.

    With whom did you share the room? I did with Filipa and Virginia from Brasilia, Margherita from Turin and Marina from Sorrento, Anne-Marie from Antwerp. Can you remember one of them?

    From Switzerland lot’s of good wishes
    Jacqueline Polzin

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  24. Hello Jacqueline, how great to hear from you, I had given up hearing from anyone who had been at Paddock Wood when I was. I was also born in 1943 but having had a birthday in April am now 67! Where do the years go. I cannot exactly remember all the people I shared with but think one was Yolande Treep from the Netherlands, I also remember Helen Gregory as well as Joanne Le Broq. I actually have an old address book with lots of names in it. I also have some photos one especially of Miss Adamson and some of the girls sitting round the pond with the fountain in it. I would love to hear from you. Sue Hall

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  25. Calling ALL Paddock Wood girls!

    I run the Association of Former Students of Paddock Wood. Please be in touch as we are now nearing 70 in all and I may have some girls from your year on the database.

    My email address is: pippa.anderson@me.com

    I look forward to hearing from you soon :o)

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  26. I attende Paddock Wood School in 1963-1964 or maybe a year later, thanks by chance I found this site

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  27. Hello anyone,
    I am Bolling Buracker and I attended Paddock Wood in 1980. I am from Georgia in the U S. I miss it after all this time. If anyone remembers me please write.

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  28. hi all

    i was in paddock wood finishing schook in 1977 to june 1978 i am jordanian girl i was in the rooms Mrs Evens was incharge we had a lot of saudi iranian morocon egyption girls any one remember

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  29. Dear Alchesti. I enjoyed reading your message as I remember you very well from our Paddock Wood days. I was there each summer from 69-71. Best regards from Iceland. Agnes Johansen.

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  30. Hi Gianna. I saw your note as well as Alchesti’s from Switzerland just now. It was an unexpected pleasure to see messages from “girls” from the old Paddock Wood days. All the best. Agnes Johansen (Iceland)

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  31. I was at Paddock Wood fot a year in 1973-1974 and I would love to hear from any of you who remember me. I would love to hear particularly from Angie Kitson-Harris and Susan who lived quite close to the school apart from my roommate from Brazil.

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  32. Ladies – our first ever Reunion will take place in June 2011. If you’d like to be part of it, please email me: pippa.anderson@me.com and I’ll happily send you details. Looking forward to hearing from every former student, if just to put you in touch with others from your time there :o) Thank you

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  33. You remember so many girls and I don’t…. Maybe because I went to another school after PW? I spent year 1975-76 at St Godric’s College in Hamstead London.
    Seeing the pictures makes me remember… I’ve always had problems remembering names….;-) sorry.
    Really looking forward going back to PW in june.
    See you girls !

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  34. Hello alcesti and agnes johanson
    I was looking through the page of paddock wood and saw your names.I am Karin Bunzl from Spain and spent two summers in paddock wood in the 1970 s.I really enjoyed it and look back to those days..
    Meanwhile I married a Spanish navy officer who is semi retired,have become an english teacher and have three children(32,29 and 25)

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  35. Clarey Boo! I have just spotted your message as my husband and I have today just driven by lightwater and have tried to find the location of the old school, but couldn’t find it! It is really weird to find the messages and recognise some of the names. I remember the school well, was there between 1976/77 shared a dorm with Lynne Airley, Debbie, and Annie a Spanish girl. Still in touch with Lynne. You were down the hall and Yasmine was across. Upstairs was Maria Sandiman and Tessa Birch Reynardson. Remember Carol Alice? The deportment classes and trips to Sandhurst!

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  36. Hi Noreen – our Reunion is taking place at Paddock Wood in Lightwater, on 18th June, just 2 weeks time; what a shame you arrived 2 weeks early as you’d have found us all enjoying ourselves! Yes, School House and the Lodge still remain, shame you couldnt find them, it’s a bit of a rabbit warren with all the new houses and roads! Renata Calil and Michele Milman from ’76/77 are joining us and you’d be most welcome too. If you’re interested, please email me on: pippa.anderson@me.com
    Thank you. Pippa

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  37. Hi every one my name is ZAHRA HERAVI from iran i was at pw around 1972-1973 does any one remember me ? i would like to hear from you 🙂
    regards
    zahra heravi

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  38. Hello my name is zahra heravi from iran i was at paddock wood on 1971-1972 ,please let me know if anyone remembers me!
    regards
    zahra heravi

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  39. Hello!! I attended PW around 1963 and 1965. I am from Venezuela and would love to find my friends !!
    Thamara Pesquera

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  40. Uffff. Estaba tonteando en internet y de pronto me he encontrado esto. ¡¡¡Cuánto tiempo!!! Me llamo Alicia y estuve en Paddock los veranos del 76 al 79. Todavía me acuerdo la noche que os perdisteis Esperanza y tú en el Soho después de salir del Mikado y no volvisteis al autobús (vaya susto que pasamos……). Yo soy de Madrid pero llevo desde 1996 viviendo en Valencia, y aunque no mantengo contacto con nadie me acuerdo mucho de las vascas, de dos niñas de Burriana con las que jugábamos a rounders, y de todas las de Irán a las que venían a buscar los fines de semana con los Rolls y allí nos dejaban a nosotras. Me alegro mucho de haber encontrado esto.

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  41. hi all i i was inpw fromm65to 67 i am from peru i had a wonderfull time there mrs.savill was a wonderfull woman i remember kitti , sueli irene o so very good friends i will be very happy if i contact them again my mail is luzmimd@yahoo.com

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  42. hi everibody! I’m Francesca, an italian gilrl who attended at Paddock Wood in the 70 / 71. What about you all? Is the school closed? my e-mail is fraber54@alice.it. i’ll br glad to read about you ! Ciao

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  43. I might remember you. Did you have curly shor hair? I was small and dark and used to hang whith the spanish girls a lot. We were som that shared a big room.
    Nice hearing from you
    Harriet

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  44. Dear Pippa – at last my goodnes!! A website where I may be able to link up with so many of my wonderful friends ex Paddock Wood Finishing School. I was there February 1977 – August 1977 and had the best years of my life. I would absolutely love to get back in touch with a very dear friend Sarah Rhodes (she always called me GG). I have tried many times to get back in touch with her but without luck. Do let me know if there is an old girls website. Love for now. Georgina Browne (Zimbabwe / Rhodesia).

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  45. i was in Paddock wood in 1968 or 1967 may be l have known you at that time but l do not remember the name of my friends .there was a girl from iles canaries with her sister.She spoke spanish and french more than inglish.l used to play tennis with an indian girl .We had to translet a book:”The Lord of the flies”Anyway l hope you will contact your friends.Bonne chance .

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  46. Hello Daphne, I do remember you. I also was at PW in 1965-’66. It was an incredible experience, was, t it? I have been in touch with Pippa since discovering this history of PW, and she has put me in touch with three other girls from our class. If you would like to contact me, email pippa.anderson@me.com for my email address. I live in Florida, and planning to return to the UK in 2015. Regards, Carol Best (Lopez)

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  47. thank you for your mail .My name is danielle I was coming from Paris to paddock wood a long time ago My English is not so good because i have not the opporunity to speak excuse me .Iwould like to contact a friend.We had the same bedroom ,She was from Canaries Her name was Marie-Carmen she had a sister in the same school. I dont know if it is possible to find her.

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  48. Wee-Nor – – – Oh My Goodness ! I am only just seeing this message from 2011 – so sorry. Today is a public holiday here so I am scrolling through all messages as one came in from Lightwater this morning. We are in UK quite a bit but spend most of our year on St.Kitts – Where are you ? write to me:
    clairerawson11@gmail.com. We have to get together

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  49. hi ahlam ,
    i was in paddock wood finishing shcool in1977 to1978. i am lebanese and my name is Zeina Wehbe.do u remember Ula Dabbas,Shereen Arnaout ,Shereen Shwayhat.

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  50. Danielle – lovely to hear from you. I dropped you an email on 19th September but I’ve not yet heard back from you, perhaps this may get to you instead?

    I hold the database of all the former students of Paddock Wood Finishing School and I’d gladly let you know who I have from your time there if you can email me on pippa.anderson@me.com. I look forward very much to hearing from you soon.

    Best wishes –

    Pippa

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  51. Zeina – lovely to hear from you. I dropped you an email on yesterday, I hope you received it.

    I hold the database of all the former students of Paddock Wood Finishing School and I’d gladly let you know who I have from your time there if you can email me on pippa.anderson@me.com. I look forward very much to hearing from you soon.

    Best wishes –

    Pippa

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  52. Ahlam – lovely to hear from you.

    I hold the database of all the former students of Paddock Wood Finishing School and I’d gladly let you know who I have from your time there if you can email me on pippa.anderson@me.com. I look forward very much to hearing from you soon.

    Best wishes –

    Pippa

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  53. Hi Victoria – I’ve not had success by email contacting you so here I am responding to your message left here a wee while ago.

    I hold the database of all the former students of Paddock Wood Finishing School and I’d gladly let you know who I have from your time there if you can email me on pippa.anderson@me.com. I look forward very much to hearing from you soon.

    Best wishes –

    Pippa

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  54. Danielle – lovely to hear from you. I dropped you an email on 19th September but I’ve not yet heard back from you, perhaps this may get to you instead?

    I hold the database of all the former students of Paddock Wood Finishing School and I’d gladly let you know who I have from your time there if you can email me on pippa.anderson@me.com. I look forward very much to hearing from you soon.

    Best wishes –

    Pippa

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  55. Noreen – lovely to hear from you. I dropped you an email previously, but I’ve not yet heard back from you, perhaps this may get to you instead?

    I hold the database of all the former students of Paddock Wood Finishing School and I’d gladly let you know who I have from your time there if you can email me on pippa.anderson@me.com. I look forward very much to hearing from you soon.

    Best wishes –

    Pippa

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  56. Agnes – lovely to hear from you. I dropped you an email in January 2011, but I’ve not yet heard back from you, perhaps this may get to you instead?

    I hold the database of all the former students of Paddock Wood Finishing School and I’d gladly let you know who I have from your time there if you can email me on pippa.anderson@me.com. I look forward very much to hearing from you soon.

    Best wishes –

    Pippa

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  57. Hi Alchesti and Agnes! I’m very glad to hear from you. I’m Francesca the Italian girl Who was in Paddock Wood in July 1969/70. Let’ s jeep in touch. Now I’m married, I live in Rome and I’ve got twins (daughter and son) fourteen years old. If some of you come to visit Rome, please contact me!! Many kisses to you all! Francesca Berardi

    Francesca Berardi da I PHONE

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  58. Pipa, thank u for your care of my message. I would really like to know about too many girls were at PW in the year 1977 – 1978 pls keep in touch. Thanks again and wish to hear from you soon.

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  59. Hi everyone,
    I am Fariba from Iran.
    I was at Paddock Wood from Jan75-June76..
    Pipa Anderson knows of my whereabouts,but unfortunately missed the reunion,as it was only four weeks i searched fpr P.W.
    Love to see everyone soon,
    Fariba

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  60. Hi Ahlam do you remember me Sally(Assal)from iran, i was in the saviile house together with Shereen,komiko from Japan and a few other girls.are you sure you were not in our house? I was there on 22.11.1977 to end of 1978.i loved it.My closest friends were Tina,Goerge(Alison) and Taffey.

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  61. Me llamo Marina Orduña. Soy de Madrid España estuve en este fantástico colegio en el verano de 1971. Evidentemente tengo 58 años.
    Fue un verano genial, he estado en Londres varias veces, y quiero ir al emblemático colegio del condado de Surrey donde me lo pasé tan bien.

    A ver .tengo un diario de aquél verano, por si a través de facebook me comunico con……..Sissi (francesa) Sylvoia Pallanca (Mónaco) Laura (Le Mans) Catherine Guillemont Le Mans France. Dany (France) Pat Frilet Paris Carmen Viladomin Barcelona España. Mati Mata Barcelona España. Ana Menlos Barcelona España Inés Paseo Bunanova Barcelona España Beatricce Piazaa del Oro Roma.

    Aparte de las direcciones que he dejado, alguien sabría explicarme qué ha pasado con el colegio? se puede visitar? mil besos

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  62. Me llamo Marina Orduña. Soy de Madrid España estuve en este fantástico colegio en el verano de 1971. Evidentemente tengo 58 años.
    Fue un verano genial, he estado en Londres varias veces, y quiero ir al emblemático colegio del condado de Surrey donde me lo pasé tan bien. Compartí habitación con Ana Corominas de Barcelona E·spaña. Montaba en moto hacia motocros …¡responded!!!!!

    A ver .tengo un diario de aquél verano, por si a través de facebook me comunico con……..Sissi (francesa) Sylvoia Pallanca (Mónaco) Laura (Le Mans) Catherine Guillemont Le Mans France. Dany (France) Pat Frilet Paris Carmen Viladomin Barcelona España. Mati Mata Barcelona España. Ana Menlos Barcelona España Inés Paseo Bunanova Barcelona España Beatricce Piazaa del Oro Roma.

    Aparte de las direcciones que he dejado, alguien sabría explicarme qué ha pasado con el colegio? se puede visitar? mil besos

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  63. Spent almost a year there in 1969, then decided to go to London. My name is Maria Christina Ferrari and I am from Brazil. But I do live in the US now. I still remember our expeditions into the kitchen or pantry at night. Good old times

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  64. Hello Maria Christina – good to see you found some of us. I hold the database of all former students and would be delighted to add you to it and put you in touch with former year mates if you’d like. You may also like to visit our website: http://www.paddockwoodfinishingschool.com

    Looking forward to hearing from you.

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  65. Hello,
    i´m Leonor González, i was in paddock wood in 1972-74 this is my son´s e-mail i would like to meet any of my room mates i am from venezuelan country. i´m 62 years old. i remember my room mates to neislaham ,nilufer,nelly stephanou from colombia.and others that no remember names but face if i see i recognized it was a very nice time over there.

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  66. Hello,
    I’m Fabienne Zaugg Baezner. I was in Paddock Wood in 1972-1973. I did Mrs Savill’s correspondance, I drove her and the student and I was also matron or her help. I’m still in touch with Brigitte Sauvaigo-Cresto and Helene Caille-Stevenot.
    I’m now 72 years old and grand-mother of two very nice girls Ella (6) and Line (4years old)
    One day I was curious to know if Paddock Wood was still on and I’m very happy to know that the contact run with the help of Pippa Andersen.
    I remenber and I have some photos of students and Mrs Savill.
    Sandra Cunha, Particia Zancaner both from Brasil, Leonor Gonzales, Venezuela, Nelly Stphanou, Colombia, Grazeilla Frohman Belgia, Maria Isa Murcia, Colombia

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  67. Coucou Fabienne. I was recently in touch with Brigitte Sauvaigo after finding our her married name (thanks to you). I tried to find you but I had your maiden name only and your address in Lyons. I also tried to find Helene. I did find and have spoken to Annie Thomas twice on the phone and sent her 2 emails but have not been able to meet her. She lives in Toulouse, 100km away from me.
    Would love to hear from you.
    Bisous Carol

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  68. Hello Carol,
    I was so happy to read that you have had contact with My dear friend and ex colleague Annie Thomas, I would be greatfull if you would send to me via my email her telephone number and email adress. I was a Spanish/ French teacher at this wonderfull school from summer term 1970 untill the end of term 1971, Annie befriended me on arrival and we developed a close personal and profesional rellationship. When I left to return to Mexico to marry and set up house/home and family I lost all contact with Annie. I would dearly like to get in touch with her again, I was so happy to know that she is still with us and still lives in Toulouse.

    Thankyou

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  69. Hello Carol, I would also be grateful if I could have the email of Annie Thomas. Thank you very much. Kind regards, Jill

    Sent from my iPhone

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  70. Hello Emma,
    I’m sorry for the delay but I’ve been away and am just now catching up with my mail. So without further a do here is the information for Annie.
    mobile (+33 for France) (0) 6 81 76 88 19
    e- mail annie.thomas0747@orange.fr
    I have spoken to her a couple of times on the phone but she has never answered my mails.
    Best regards,
    Carol

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  71. Hello Carol,

    Many many thanks for your information now I can fill the gap of 45 years with many phone calls and emails to know what we have been doing with our lives it will be a fabulous and exciting experience.

    Thankyou so very much

    Emma

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  72. Hi, i would love to het in contact with my friends whom we were at Paddockwood in the year 1976/77
    Thank you for your care and help

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  73. My husband Geoff and myself are delighted to inform all the girls that were in my care also ex colleagues during summer term 1970-1971 that we have just celebrared our 46th wedding anniversary

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