Last Friday Walhampton hosted a cosy film night in the library. Fifty pupils, family and friends from the 1960s came to watch themselves and peers in action in their youth!
Our guests, some of whom were returning for the first time in 50 years, spent some time catching up with friends, browsing through old photos and nibbling on mini fish and chips, hot dogs and burgers before going through to the library for 'film night'.
Set up cinema-style with a big screen at the front, our alumni filled every chair, arm chair and settee and the films began. We were delighted to show footage of swimming galas, sports days and parents' days taken by the fathers of two families; Ivor and Huw Phillips and Robin Pilcher. Thank you for your contributions. We were also grateful to Ralph Montagu for providing the Pony Trek montage as well as recently converted footage of Walhampton during the Big Freeze, Mull and the building of the Gymnasium (now the PAC). As an encore we showed a film provided by Trevor Marvin which dates back to the 1930s.
Memories, laughter and tears were evoked over the 1.5 hour screening, with a welcome interval of ice cream and popcorn served by our enthusiastic boarders.
Thank you for all who came, shared stories and contributed to this lovely cosy evening. Some of the footage is already available in our online archive and the rest will follow. Contributions of further footage to boost the archive are also welcome.To watch the films
Please log into the Alumni website www.walhamptonalumni.com
and click on the Archive
tab, top right.
In the Archive click on the Browse
tab along the top and then the Films
tab on the side.
Click on Walhampton
and scroll to the bottom
for the 1930s and 1960s footage.
Please keep checking back as we will gradually load all of the footage into this archive area.