This is a year for 70th celebrations!
As Walhampton rejoices in seven decades of being a school, Chris Elliott has totted up his own 70th celebration and gathered his family in Lymington for the special occasion.
Chris and his daughter Catherine came to visit us the day before his 70th birthday to reminisce about his time at school and see how things have changed over the years. It was lovely to show Chris how the boarding rooms are the same but the interiors vastly upgraded, the stable blocks that are now classrooms, the dining room that is now the library and the staff room that he remembers as a classroom, but he did manage to find a couple of things that have remained the same...
the mural in the mosaic passage which he helped to paint (the stripy socks in particular) in the 1950s with the art teacher Miss Le May (later to become Mrs Bradfield):
and Gordo's printing press, which was used to produce all the school magazines and play programmes in the 1950s, that our art department still use for wood and lino printing:
Thank you to Chris for sharing his memories and stories with us (including having to clean out the Mercury Fountain as a punishment!).We hope that you enjoy a fantastic 70th birthday week with your family.
It was very timely that Chris asked to visit as we are seeking all our 1940s and 1950s Walhampton old boys to invite them to our special 1940s and 1950s reunion on Wednesday 12th June 2019
. Please spread the word to any school friends that you are in touch with.