Lymm Old Students

In Brief

Board of Trustees
HENRY COLLIN'S death meant that there was a vacancy on the Board of Trustees. We were delighted when Maimie Fleming agreed to take on this responsibility.

We were pleased to donate £500 towards the setting up of the school website, which is now up and running. Do have alook at the site

Original Swimming Bath Plans
Rob. Higham (at school) in the late 60's, who lives in the South, was able to collect the original plans for the bath from Jayne Bent, Derek's widow, who lives in Paignton. You may remember we asked if anyone could oblige in an earlier Newsletter. Many thanks Rob! The plans,in pristine condition, were handed over to Roger Lounds, Headteacher of the school.

It is many years since the OSA Squash Club folded. Since that time I have been the custodian of the John Sherratt Trophy. The trophy was presented by the Sherratt family and Friends, in memory of John, who was lost in a tragic rowing accident on the Irwell at Manchester, where John was at University.
It is a great pity that this fine trophy is never presented. We are hoping to organise an OSA Competition

Sad News
Viscountess Ashbrook October 2002 at the age of 91.
Viscountess Ashbrook was a hereditary governor of the school. She was a tenth generation descendant of the Warburton family, one of the co-founders of Lymm Grammar School. The Warburton family crest is incorporated in the school coat of arms, which was presented to the school by the OSA in 1960 to mark its Tercentenary Anniversary . The Viscountess served as a governor for sixty years and was always very supportive of the school and its pupils.

A woman of immense talent and enterprise, she was responsible for the restoration of Arley Hall and its renowned herbaceous border. She was also an accomplished needlewoman and botanical artist. She began water colour painting only in her seventies and continued until affected by failing eyesight Her whole life was devoted to her family, Arley Hall and service to many organisations in Cheshire.

Fred Totton

Old Students and members of staff were saddened to learn of the death of Fred Totton in December. His memorial service was held at Oughtrington Church in January. Fred joined the school staff in 1959 and taught Art for thirty years. He also gave a lot of time to out of school activities. He was well-liked by pupils and colleagues. He was always, pleasant, courteous and great fun. There are more tributes to Fred on the school website.

We are sorry to report the death of George Marsden. George was always a staunch supporter of all the OSA activities. He was a keen member of the Old Boys Football Club and Captain of the Squash Club. He will be remembered as a well-respected friend and gentleman.

We also report the untimely deaths of:

Christine Weston nee Thomason,
Julia Roberts nee Hunt
Laurie Appleyard - remembered as a fine athlete
Doris Cotton nee Reavey - a dynamic centre forward, tennis player
and good golfer

Dorothy Jones (1930 - 1938)

Harold Barnes

Shelagh Sarah Gardner (nee Taylor) 1936 - 2002

It is with much sadness we report the death of Shelagh Taylor, who was a pupil from 1948 - 1955. Many of us remember her as a member of the school hockey and tennis teams, After leaving school she also played for the Old Girls' hockey team as a powerful defence player. Later on, she qualified as a schoolteacher.

For many years she played and worked for the game of bowls. As a member of Oakham Bowling Club she won the Singles Championship three times and served as President of the Club. Later, she joined Brookfield Bowling Club (Leicester) and served as match-secretary and twice won the singles title. She won titles in Leicester County Triples and Fours and was twice runner-up in the Pairs.

Shelagh also had impressive results in the Mixed Pairs. With her son as her partner, they twice reached the Regional Finals. She served as Area
Competition Secretary for Leicester for fifteen years until 2002.

Shelagh also became Ladies President of Grantham IBC and won the
Lincolnshire Triples. She was also Lincolnshire Ladies Indoor President
and later President of Midland Counties IBC.

She particularly enjoyed team bowls and skipped a rink in the Lincolnshire Teams that won the Atherley Trophy in 1992/93 and again in 1993/94. She had a great time and skipped a rink for the Leicestershire Ladies County Team. when they won the Johns Trophy in 1993. In 1994/5, Shelagh and her son Robert won the National Indoor Mixed Pairs Championship.

Five years ago, Shelagh travelled to Lymm to meet her School
contemporaries at a reunion to celebrate the Golden Jubilee of their
association with the School.

Maxine Boucher was married to Mike Bowness. The bridal party in total were all old students! Good Luck.

To Roger and Liz. Dutton - a daughter

The Annual General Meeting will be held at the School on Wednesday, September 3rd at 7.30pm.
(Venue to be confirmed)




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