Returning in Retirement - former staff come back to lend a hand
Former staff from Walhampton and Hordle House gathered together to help identify photos from the 1980s and 1990s.
Former teachers hard at work in the boarders' common room
In the cellar of Walhampton we have three small archive rooms - named after famous composers, which used to be the music practice rooms, on the way to the model railway (that's still in situ at the end of the passage and played with by the children).
The rooms have been greatly organised by our volunteer archivist, Natasha Kirk (parent of two boys at Walhampton) and we have recently fitted shelves in 'Brahms' so that all the photo albums sit safely, categorised by school and year. However, other than the year on the spine, there is little information to identify the people, places or events inside.
Led by former teacher and current exam invigilator, Michael Walsh, we invited some of the 'old guard' to come to Walhampton for a relaxed browse through the photo albums. Sally Pointon (former deputy head), Margaret Newbery (former ELSA), John Elphinstone (former house master and teacher) and Jan Rimbauld (former house mistress and wife of Greville Rimbauld who was a teacher here) joined Michael in identifying Walhampton people and events, whilst David Whately-Smith (former teacher and son of headmaster John Whately-Smith), Liz Vernon (wife of headmaster John Vernon) and Sue Strong (former matron) conferred over the Hordle House albums.
Although much progress was made, it was an informal and sociable session that was enjoyed by all, to quote one teacher - "This is our lives in these albums!". Thank you to everyone who came along to label the photos and to Tim and Sue Norris who have also been helping Michael.
We very much look forward to welcoming you back for our next session in May.... and mark you 10/10 for enthusiasm!
Warm smiles and nostalgic tears at Walhampton's first official alumni reunion.
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