Mordiford School reunion

posted 17 Jun 2014, 04:22 by Brian Dukes

How blessed with the weather were we on Saturday May 17th?  A beautiful spring day turned into a wonderful evening of music and memories for the first ever re-union of pupils, parents, teachers and governors from Mordiford School.  The evening commenced in the church at 6pm and consisted of musical sets from both the School Choir and Mordiford Community Choir.  The music included songs from well-known musicals including Sweet Charity, The Lion King and a rousing finale of a medley from Les Miserables.  More popular music was also represented with The Winner Takes It All by Abba, With a Little Help From My Friends, Lennon & McCartney and Tears in Heaven by Eric Clapton.  The children sang songs from around the world including the hymn The Lords Day from Fiji and Amani Utupe by P. Ford Sims.

Memories from my Mordiford School life were heard from Liv Moss (ex-pupil), Julia Pearson (ex-head teacher), Julie Stevenson (nee Galal; ex-pupil) and Brian Maggs (ex-head teacher).  We also learned about Mordiford School in 1922 directly from an ex-pupil, Annie Gwenda Weaver (Gwen Hodges today).  Although not present on the night, her recollections included the bad weather, having to walk from Checkley to and from School, potbellied stoves and her favourite teacher Miss Taysom.  Jennifer Higham, a niece of Doris Bond (nee Powell) was in the audience (as a pupil herself) and has since written to tell me that Doris is a few months older than Gwen but both were in the same class together and must be the oldest living past pupil of Mordiford School.  Doris now lives in Hampton House Hampton Bishop aged 98 on May 20th 2014.

An abridged history of Mordiford School was beautifully read by Flora Altin and Isabel Kitchener current year 4 pupils. If you’d like to read a full version of this then please visit the Mordiford Parish Website

Henry Fraser and Rebecca Bryant, both present day school children from Year 5 told us about their school life and children leaving Mordiford this summer, Millie Davies, Will Davies, Fergus Edwards, Ysabel Pearson and Harry Owen read a blessing.

After the concert everyone made their way over to the school where the PTFA had prepared a buffet of salads to accompany the cold meats supplied by The Moon Pub which was enjoyed by all. A selection of delicious puddings was washed down with drinks from the bar.  A lovely mix of ages attended the evening which was enjoyed by all.  On the night over £700 was raised towards PTFA funds with a substantial amount being raised on the raffle.  Thank you to Lynden Plants, The Moon, Holme Lacy House Hotel, Bunch of Carrots, Wye Valley Brewery and Rayeesas Indian Kitchen for their kind donation of prizes.  Thank you to everyone who supported the event and we look forward to seeing many of you in 2023 to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the opening of the “new” school buildings. 

Ali Watkins

PTFA Chair