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Jos Johnston, W 1959-62, visits with his family

A warming trip down memory lane...through the glade and round the lakes, for Jos and his family.

Jos with his wife, their son and daughter-in-law and grandsonss
Jos with his wife, their son and daughter-in-law and grandsonss

In August this year Dr Jos Johnston, who was at Walhampton from 1959-1962, Shackleton House, visited the school. Taking the opportunity to visit whilst staying in the area, Jos brought his wife, their son and daughter-in-law and their two grandsons to see his ‘almae martae’ (well remembered from his latin lessons!). Whilst we weren’t able to take them on a tour of the school, other than a sneak into the Chapel, they were able to wander the grounds and visit the lakes at their leisure.

Jos reminisced how the choir members were given a chocolate bar at the end of term if they went to all the practice sessions. He also remembers JB reading them a story on a Sunday evening around a fire, and those who were in the cycle club were allowed to cycle round the lakes. 

Afterwards he wrote:

“Thank you so much for arranging for us to visit.  Some things were exactly as I remembered them and others I had forgotten about entirely. Altogether a very nostalgic and interesting time. Please thank Nikki and David very much for making us so welcome and telling us about things - much appreciated.  It was nice later to find David Hill's tree for his 50 years at the school.

It was also good to see what has been done since my time. The grounds are looking beautiful and the developments have been sensitively done. The poems round the area are very nice and were particularly enjoyed by my grandchildren. We also really liked the school mission statement in the entrance hall.”

It was a pleasure welcoming you back Jos.

Whilst we're not able to organise alumni events at the moment, if you would like to have a wander around the beautiful grounds, please get in touch with us at alumni@walhampton.com

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