Celebrating 75 Years at Hethersett old Hall
The sun shone, the flowers were in full bloom and the guests arrived in their hundreds…. Our 75th anniversary tea party was a great success. A range of delicious cakes, accompanied by tea from elegant china gave a very traditional feel to a gathering of pupils past and present, as well as many parents and former members of staff who came along to reminisce and renew old friendships and hopefully, make some new ones.
Tours of the school and boarding house brought back many happy memories of former times. The music room hosted a display of archive photographs, many provided by old girls especially for the occasion. Some old uniform was also on display, with the floral blue dress of former years attracting many positive comments from lovers of retro clothing! A stall sold some branded schoolwear of today, as well as Hethersett teddies, pens and hessian bags, for those who wanted to take away a souvenir of the reunion.
The lawn, with its white tables and beautiful floral centrepieces, made an attractive gathering place as long discussions of times past were conducted – memories of the shapely circular conservatory that once adorned the back of the school (and was firmly off limits to girls)… recollections of the mixed blessing of an open-air swimming pool were exchanged, and of the parade to church on Sundays with boarders clad in their blue velvet dresses.
At three thirty precisely, Mr Crump greeted the guests and thanked staff for all their efforts in preparing the event. He then invited two former students who had connections to the school dating back to the thirties to cut the beautifully–iced anniversary cake. Stephanie Lyles started her education at Hellesdon House and had moved to the Old Hall when still a young girl. When the school was evacuated to Devon she had gone too, but never returned to Hethersett as she was then too old. Ann Wootten had also been at Hellesdon House and her sister had gone on to be a headmistress of the school in later years. Both former students spoke warmly of their time as school girls and enjoined the pupils of today to make the most of their opportunities.
We are all looking forward to our centenary in 2038!
See all the photos from the day here.
Stephanie Lyles, 83, a past pupil, joins headmaster Stephen Crump, next year’s head girl Jess Warner, front right, and present pupils at the Hethersett Old Hall School’s 75th anniversary celebration garden party. Picture: Denise Bradley